I'm simply curious. After all, reputation is taken away to prevent abusive downvoting.

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    You don't lose any rep from downvoting questions in the first place.
    – a cat
    Oct 28, 2011 at 19:19

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You do get your rep back if the answer you downvoted is deleted, but you don't if it is locked, or if its question is closed.

Also note that downvotes on questions are free.


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