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Apologies if this has been asked / answered before (let me know and i'll delete this). But i've searched a bit and haven't seen anything about it other than a few comments on different posts.
Why do I get
-1 rep if I downvote an answer ?
Recently I've come across an annoying habit on stackoverflow (particularly in the
Ojective-c tag), where I think new users are trying to get quick rep points, or bump up their stats by just answering any question. One user in particular just keeps posting the same link to a github repo for any question tagged with
UITableview. Others don't answer questions, just post their working code that doesn't achieve the asker's desired result.
In these cases the answers are of EXTREMELY poor quality, so I downvote, leave a comment explaining why I downvoted (because I hate random downvotes) and depending whether they edit / comment back later I may flag it.
As I mentioned before its generally new users that do this, so what happens is, I get -1, and they don't login for 14 months. The answer doesn't get edited or deleted and i'm stuck with my -1 for pointing out a poor answer.
How does this make sense?
Can we change this?
What if we change it to only get a -1 if you don't leave a comment explaining it, I would be more of a fan of that. It would curb random downvotes and still allow others to denote poor answers. I for one have noticed very little downvoted answers, but a lot of comments like "This doesn't answer the question" with no reply. In my view it looks like people are afraid to downvote for the sake of their rep.
Any thoughts welcome