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Today I got more than 200 rep points in upvotes (in SO, not meta).

But when I downvote some answers (because I feel it's needed), my reputation is decreasing.

Did that change just recently or am I missing something ?

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Downvoting answers has been costing -1 point for a while now. –  Martijn Pieters Jun 25 '12 at 18:40
    
I thought the 200 reputation cap was protecting against it and making those downvotes free... –  dystroy Jun 25 '12 at 18:41
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Nope, there's no buffer from the cap. If you hit the cap and get a downvote, you're at 198. –  Ben Brocka Jun 25 '12 at 18:42
    

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

That's not new. Your downvote costs are compensated by upvotes you receive after you voted down (or were voted down), though, until you are again at 200 rep points from upvotes.

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Ok... So I cannot go to bed now... and I was yet beginning to feel dizzy from the vine... :D –  dystroy Jun 25 '12 at 18:42
    
Why can't you go to bed? –  Alex Lockwood Jun 25 '12 at 18:43
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Because I need to regain this point. Ok, that was just a joke... –  dystroy Jun 25 '12 at 18:43

Down votes on answers cost rep. Down votes on questions do not.

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