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How does “Reputation” work?

I just downvoted a question. It reduced my reputation by 1 point.

So I guess downvoting someone's question causes reputation loss, right?

Here's the screenshot.

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marked as duplicate by Tim Post Apr 24 '11 at 17:01

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This is by design. Without it, it would be very easy to create a dummy account and sabotage another user's rep. It also encourages constructive comments/edits over downvoting. –  Phil Lello Apr 24 '11 at 19:59

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Yes, downvoting questions or answers cause 2 points loss for the author of the question/answer, and 1 point loss for the downvoter.

This is not a bug, so you can remove bug tag from your question. This behavior is also documented in the FAQ:

those votes will cause you to gain (or, in rare cases, lose) reputation:


post is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

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