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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

I've seen this several times, I downvote a post (question or answer) and my reputation is not decreased by -1.

For example I clearly downvoted this question, yet my reputation didn't get the -1 penalty. I invoked a rep recalc before posting the question to be sure. What's up?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, ChrisF, Time Traveling Bobby, Pops, Lance Roberts Jul 15 '11 at 16:04

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Downvotes on questions are free (see here for details), but answers still cost you 1 point. –  Cody Gray Jul 15 '11 at 8:05
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Also, downvotes on community wiki posts (including answers) are free. That might explain why you occasionally see your rep not decreasing for downvoting answers, too. –  Cody Gray Jul 15 '11 at 8:19
    
@Cosmin - With enough downvotes an answer is often deleted and you get your point back. –  Bo Persson Jul 15 '11 at 13:56

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Per

http://stackoverflow.com/faq#reputation

question is voted down   -2 
answer is voted down     -2  (-1 to voter)

see http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/06/optimizing-for-pearls-not-sand/ for announcement and explanation.

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