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Meta Stack Overflow should not penalize downvotes

On main sites downvotes are usually used to show that answer is incorrect.
On meta sites downvotes are used to express agreement or disagreement.

On main sites downvotes cost reputation so that people downvote only posts that really worth it as it may give bad feelings to answerer.
But it can't be a reason on Meta as it's explicitly said that votes mean another thing here.

So why downvotes cost reputation on Meta?

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Meta reputation is the absolutely most pointless metric on the Internet. Yes, it's even worse than the TIOBE index. Stop worrying about it. –  Yannis Aug 11 '12 at 11:26
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That FAQ is generally considered to be referring to questions, not answers. We downvote questions to indicate we disagree with the ideas they imply or propose. For example, you're proposing a change to how meta.se should work, and I am going to downvote to indicate that I don't like the idea. Note that question votes do not cost reputation on any SE sites.

We don't usually downvote answers to indicate disagreement; contradictory answers can all be voted up on a discussion question, because there can be several valid points of view. But people will downvote my answer if they think it is factually wrong, and upvote it if what it says is factually correct; those are the same reasons for which answers are upvoted or downvoted on the main sites.

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I've given and received a few downvotes on answers out of disagreement. I would go as far as saying that the only reason why most users seem to be reluctant to downvote answers they disagree with is the reputation loss. That doesn't stop them in some cases: Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes?, Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted –  Dennis Aug 11 '12 at 13:03
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