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I have seen many times that sometimes when I downvote a post , my repuation decrements by -1 and sometimes it does not?

What is the reason behind it?

And what are the exact scenarios when this happens?

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    Downvoting answers costs 1 rep; question downvotes are free. – Martijn Pieters Jul 22 '13 at 12:28
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    Downvoting an answer costs 1 rep. Why? So people won't just downvote "competing" answers on a post. It also shows that we find answers to be more valuable than questions. – Oded Jul 22 '13 at 12:30
  • It also shows that there are more bad questions than bad answers, and we want to encourage people to downvote them without worrying over a few lost points. – Cody Gray Jul 22 '13 at 12:41
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Downvote a question: no penalty.

Downvote community wiki: no penalty. (Thanks to J.Steen)

Downvote an answer: -1 rep.

  • But its does not happen for every answer? – Nargis Jul 22 '13 at 12:29
  • ....? It should.... – TronicZomB Jul 22 '13 at 12:30
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    It doesn't happen for Community Wiki answers. – J. Steen Jul 22 '13 at 12:30
  • Thanks @J.Steen. I'll add that in. – TronicZomB Jul 22 '13 at 12:31
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    @J.Steen - Heh. I never knew that. – Oded Jul 22 '13 at 12:32
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    @Oded Wooah. =D – J. Steen Jul 22 '13 at 12:33

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