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When I use Meta Stack Overflow to ask and answer questions, I earn badges. I think it is a reward. So, is there also any plan for punishment? Is there any plan for creating new badges for seriously downvoted questions and answers?

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I personally think that rep should be able to go negative. – Mick MacCallum Sep 21 '12 at 4:27
    
I think some people would go about collecting all the bad badges they could find. – AndrewC Sep 21 '12 at 6:16
    
@NSPostWhenIdle That wouldn't allow you to recover from an initial mistake very well. – AndrewC Sep 21 '12 at 6:17
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I think the community is expert on the subject of discouraging newcomers from making mistakes. You get edited, critisized and closed, sometimes rather tersely. Your reputation starts falling. I really think we've got this one covered. – AndrewC Sep 21 '12 at 6:19
    
I did enjoy the irony, however. – AndrewC Sep 21 '12 at 6:19
    
@AndrewC I'm semi-joking, I understand the reasons why we don't allow this and they are great reasons. Just can't help but wish sometimes :) – Mick MacCallum Sep 21 '12 at 6:26
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I don't think we should have "punishment" badges. It would spoil the atmosphere. – S.L. Barth Sep 21 '12 at 7:40
    
"So, is there also any plan for punishment?" I have personally tracked down and scourged multiple stackexchange site users whose questions have offended my exacting standards of etiquette, grammar, and technical prowess. However, I recognize that such a system- while perfect- is difficult to implement at a large scale. I am also aware that, unfortunately, scourging is not always afforded the protected legal status it enjoys in the United States. – root Aug 13 '13 at 4:34

We generally avoid creating badges that would encourage a negative behaviour such as posting a question that will get heavily downvoted.

So at the moment there are no plans to create a badge for having a post of yours downvoted a lot.

But, there is a badge for removing a downvoted post of your own: Peer Pressure.

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