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Is there any reason for a reputation decrease after voting down a wrong or inappropriate answer or question? This just annoys some users, including me! NO one wants to lose his/her reputation at any cost. Please, can anyone answer this?

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    No one wants to lose their reputation, yet you want to be able to down-vote answers (forcing those users to lose their reputation) without any limit?
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jun 7, 2013 at 19:38
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    Also consider that if it cost nothing to down-vote, it might work out to about the same, because then other people might be more likely to down-vote more of your answers, for the same reason you would be more willing to down-vote theirs.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Jun 7, 2013 at 19:40
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    The great thing is that downvoting questions is free. Jun 7, 2013 at 19:41
  • oh, thanks @AaronBertrand got it! Jun 7, 2013 at 19:41
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    +1 "Please can anyone satisfy me?" Jun 7, 2013 at 19:44
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    @NickFreeman: You didn't upvote. -1 your comment.
    – juergen d
    Jun 8, 2013 at 0:57
  • @juergend I was going to down vote until I saw the last line. -1 + 1 = 0 ;) Jun 10, 2013 at 13:55
  • I wish meta stackoverflow had kept a badge on getting this much downvotes :P Jun 10, 2013 at 14:16

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It ensures people don't downvote answers without thinking first.

For example - when there are several answer on a question, it helps ensuring people don't downvote other "competing" answers.

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    @AreebSiddiqui - elaborate on what?
    – Oded
    Jun 7, 2013 at 19:41
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    I wish I could downvote comments. Jun 7, 2013 at 19:54
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    @DannyBeckett - You can always upvote a comment, then unupvote it (within the grace period). Not quite as satisfying though.
    – Oded
    Jun 7, 2013 at 19:59
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    you could print it out, stamp on it, shred it and flush it down he toilet - may be a bit more satisfying.
    – user222137
    Jun 7, 2013 at 21:34

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