I posted a comment on an answer yesterday (here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/7433381/2057171 ) And today I got notification that my reputation had dropped by 1 because of that comment.... I'm just curious what happened that caused this haha, can you downvote comments? Thanks!

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    Both of the other answers have a few downvotes. Did you downvote one of them? Dec 14, 2013 at 17:46

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It was because you downvoted the answer. Comments cannot ever affect your rep in any way.

  • Ahhhhh! Very neat! So if I down-vote an answer I take a damage of -1 rep? :) Dec 14, 2013 at 17:48
  • Wait... I just realized, I never down-voted the answer haha... Dec 14, 2013 at 17:48
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    @Albert Yes, but downvoting questions does not cost rep.
    – Doorknob
    Dec 14, 2013 at 17:49
  • Ah! Turns out I down-voted a different answer on the same question :o) Dec 14, 2013 at 17:49
  • Thankyou! I'll mark your answer as correct once the count-down timer runs out :) Dec 14, 2013 at 17:49
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    Actually, comments can affect your rep if they trigger a serial downvoting spree (or a parallel downvoting spree, which is somewhat more legitimate) Dec 14, 2013 at 18:10
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    As a side bit, don't think of it as "damage of -1 rep" but rather "spending one rep to further improve the quality of the site." If at some point in the future, that answer is deleted you will recover your investment.
    – user213963
    Dec 15, 2013 at 0:00
  • @Doorknob of Snow Yes and unfortunately, good comments do not GAIN any rep either. This is annoying me most, since what is the point of UPvoting a comment if it doesn't affect anyone's rep in any way? It's pointless IMHO (to say the least). Jan 20, 2014 at 13:22

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