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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?
Why do I not lose reputation when I downvote posts?

If I downvote a question or answer, it causes 2 points loss to the author's reputation and I lose 1 point of my reputation.

Now, for some days now I find there is no loss in my reputation when I down-vote a question.

Has there been a change in the reputation rules?

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marked as duplicate by Lance Roberts, Cody Gray, Time Traveling Bobby, Rick Sladkey, YOU Jul 8 '11 at 8:06

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Also, check out the reputation section in the main faq. – M. Tibbits Jul 8 '11 at 6:24
Note specifically that it's down-voting of questions which is free, but down-voting of answers is still -1. – M. Tibbits Jul 8 '11 at 6:29
@M. Tibbits: yes you are right I have noticed it only for questions. – Javed Akram Jul 8 '11 at 6:33
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This is not a bug. Downvotes on questions have been "free" to the user who casts them for quite some time (at least since May 12 of 2011). That means that you will not lose reputation points for downvoting questions, however the user who owns that question will still lose reputation posts as a result of the downvote.

The hope was that this would encourage users to cast more downvotes on poor quality questions without worrying about sacrificing their own hard-earned reputation. As the statistics show, our hopes were correct and this plan worked as expected.

Downvoting answers does still cost reputation points for both the person who casts the vote and the person who owns the post. This has not changed.

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