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Hi,

I am wondering why do my reputation points go down if I downvote someone else's post?

Thank you for your time.

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This happens because your down vote will remove 2 rep from that user. You lose 1 rep as well to prevent you from gaming the system. We couldn't let you go around taking rep away from others without making you consider if it's really worth it, could we?

If you can't justify the small loss to express your opinion on the particular post, then there's no need to down vote. If other people feel more strongly than you, they'll take care of it.

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This is a wonderfully great idea. Doing it this way keeps a general atmosphere of 'positiveness' alive throughout the site, whereas truly horrible answers go negative. nice one SO. –  cmroanirgo Dec 18 '12 at 19:25
    
I don't know if I agree. If an answer clearly is not related to the OP's ? or is wrong, it should get a down vote. Why punish the person when they are doing the right thing? Also are people really dishonest enough to just go around down voting stuff? Couldn't such behavior be detected and then the user be warned/banned as a result? –  Andy Arismendi Apr 16 '13 at 3:41
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If more number of people are downvoting a question, then it should be good if the reputations are awarded back. –  Arun A K Apr 17 '13 at 7:10
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I wish i could upvote Arun A K's comment to a million. –  Nikolas Kyriakides Jun 13 '13 at 13:31
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I agree that if enough people downvote an answer then the -1 rep should be awarded back. This isn't a big deal to established users, but this discourages newbies from voting something down. –  swooby Feb 13 at 1:32

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