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Can anyone explain why I got this -1 on Jun 30?

http://stackoverflow.com/users/267702/gonzobrains?tab=reputation

Thanks, gb

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FYI, we cannot see that you downvoted and what you downvoted on in your reputation history. (For good reasons of course) –  Bart Jul 12 '12 at 8:27
    
You give a -1 vote somewhere. –  Aristos Jul 12 '12 at 8:29
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don't let this discourage you from down voting, this isn't a game of acquiring reputation and hoarding it. I don't think enough people down vote enough dumb, useless duplicate answers. Down voting questions is FREE, that isn't done enough for sure. –  Jarrod Roberson Jul 12 '12 at 8:38
    
Thanks Jarrod. Wow, my first question on meta and I get so many downvotes. I understand it shouldnt be a game, but now that employers and such look to see your rep here I think people do treat it as such. –  gonzobrains Jul 12 '12 at 23:18
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

It should say next to the -1 the reason for the reduction similar to this -

Others can't see this on your profile because the voting mechanism is anonymous.


Taken from - How does "Reputation" work?

You lose reputation when:

  • one of your questions or answers is voted down/not useful: −2
  • you vote an answer down/not useful: −1
  • ...
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I get it that I get -1 reputation once I downvote an answer. But why does this cause-and-effect relationship exist e.g. to encourage answers in general and discourage people from disliking answers? –  fuzzybee Jul 1 '13 at 14:07
    
You're asking why you get a -1 for downvoting? –  Lix Jul 1 '13 at 15:21
    
Yes but I've found the answer, thanks @Lix –  fuzzybee Jul 1 '13 at 23:34
    
@fuzzybee can you share the answer with us? –  Lior Nov 7 '13 at 16:25
    
@Lior the answer is right in my question actually, it just makes sense now so don't go around downvoting answers freely –  fuzzybee Nov 8 '13 at 2:49
    
Cool, I already found a place and read up on it but thanks anyways. –  Lior Nov 10 '13 at 9:53
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