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How does “Reputation” work?

In this recent post: - algorithm for maintaining a stack in java

I downvoted on member's answer, but then I saw that, my reputation was decreased by 1..

Here's my Reputation Change: -

-1 10 mins ago downvoted algorithm for maintaining a stack in java

Why this happened?

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marked as duplicate by Mat, BoltClock's a Unicorn Sep 28 '12 at 7:16

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Sorry.. I saw the FAQ now that we get out reputation reduced by 1, if we downvote another answer.. didn't noticed it before.. –  Rohit Jain Sep 28 '12 at 7:16
    
    
why so much downvotes –  Sathya Sep 28 '12 at 11:32
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

From privileges page of vote-down

What happens when I vote down?

When you vote down, you are nudging that content "down" the page, so it will be seen by fewer people. Voting down answers is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free.

  • Downvotes remove 2 reputation from the post owner.
  • Downvotes on answers remove 1 reputation from you, the voter.

So you will have to pay 1 reputation to down-vote the answer.

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