In the beginning I found it confusing as a new user that you received negative rep for downvoting someone's answer. In the reputation overview, the description said "downvoted", which is only one letter different from "downvote". I therefore suggested that the events should be renamed to "received downvote" and/or "gave downvote" or something else that is clear and appropriate, so as not to confuse any other newcomers.

  • +1 I agree, the words seem to be inversed
    – SysDragon
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 14:01

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You can already hover over that text for a more detailed description:

  • downvoted :: downvoted a post
  • downvote :: post was downvoted

Additionally, when you issue a downvote, you only lose 1 reputation, whereas when you receive a downvote, you lose 2 reputation. Just going by the number at the left, you should be able to figure it out.

If all these indicators still aren't clear enough for you, you'll need a bit more evidence to convince them that this is a real issue, rather than just you being slightly confused.

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    I didn't know about the hover text.
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 21:02
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    @MarioDeSchaepmeester Fun fact, these hover texts are all over the place here.
    – slhck
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 21:05
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    How do people miss the hover text? Does everyone have a touch screen now or what? Commented May 2, 2012 at 1:09
  • Yup, the hover text serves this purpose while leaving maximum room in the UI. Commented May 2, 2012 at 2:02
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    I like the hover text now that I know where it is (everywhere), but I think it's very non-obvious. Few sites do it this much (or I'm universally oblivious) and those that do usually have some visual hint. @TheEstablishment Touch screen? I use the keyboard.
    – Jeremy
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 2:09

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