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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

I just downvoted a question on Stack Overflow. I don't do this very often so I wonder if there was any change in downvoting mechanism because I didn't receive -1 reputation penalty.

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, YOU, Ladislav Mrnka, ChrisF, Pops May 13 '11 at 14:07

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A good source of information: Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange. – Arjan May 13 '11 at 13:57
    
@Arjan: Thanks. Should I delete my question or leave it as duplicate? – Ladislav Mrnka May 13 '11 at 14:05
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just like on all stackexchange sites, duplicates are okay as long as they're identified as duplicates and point to the question they duplicate. It helps people who may be posting a similar question find the question from your keywords, ditto for search. – Daniel DiPaolo May 13 '11 at 14:09
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Down-votes on questions are now "free", i.e. they don't cost 1 reputation from you any longer. Down-votes on answers still cost the same as before. See Should downvotes on questions be "free"? for the discussion.

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