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How does “Reputation” work?

I have been looking at the FAQ and the parts about reputation and voting, but I was wondering how many down-votes does it take to lower your reputation?

Maybe I have just not been looking in the right place, and if I have not I would appreciate someone pointing me to the information.

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marked as duplicate by Dennis, Some Helpful Commenter, Gilles, Toon Krijthe, jadarnel27 Jun 13 '12 at 19:45

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Do you mean giving, or receiving down-votes? Either way: stackoverflow.com/faq#reputation – Widor Jun 13 '12 at 16:15
Receiving down-votes, such as getting -6 on a question that was poorly worded. – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 16:15
The duplicate has all the relevant details about reputation. Check it out =) – jadarnel27 Jun 13 '12 at 19:46

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Receiving downvotes:

  • in answers gives you -2
  • in questions gives you -2

Casting downvotes:

  • in answers gives you -1
  • in questions doesn't affect your rep
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That was exactly what I was looking for, thank you! – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 16:23


  • Free on questions.

  • Costs 1 rep on answers.

Receiving downvotes:

  • Subtracts 2 rep on questions and answers.

    Keep in mind that you cannot have a reputation lower than 1, so if you're already at 1, receiving downvotes doesn't change your reputation.

See also: How does “Reputation” work?

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