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How does “Reputation” work?

Some days before when I was down voting some question or answer, my reputation used to decrease by 2. But since last two days I am noticing that my reputation is not decreasing even if I down vote something. What is the reason behind this?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Sathya, Arjan, waiwai933, BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 14 '12 at 6:56

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When you downvote an answer, your reputation decreases by 1. When you downvote a question, your reputation does not decrease.

When a question or answer of yours gets downvoted, your reputation decreases by 2.

Also, downvoting or receiving downvotes on any question or answer which is a community wiki post does not decrease your reputation.

If the question or answer gets deleted, the reputation from casting a downvote or from downvotes (and upvotes) received (so long as the post did not qualify to keep reputation) will also be reversed.

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