What is the difference between "downvote" and "downvoted"? Here is a screen shot from the Reputation sub-screen on the User tab:

downvote vs downvoted

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    Thou shalt both mete out and receive judgement. Jun 16, 2014 at 16:07
  • @MartijnPieters Thanks for pointing out the relevant answer. Note that if you do a search on "downvote versus downvoted" as I did, that answer does not come up. Jun 16, 2014 at 17:31
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    Don't sweat it; your question can now serve as a way-sign to the other post. Jun 16, 2014 at 17:33

2 Answers 2


When you downvote an answer, you lose one rep point. This displays in your profile (only to you!) as downvoted

When one of your posts is downvoted by someone else, you lose two reputation. This displays in your profile (to everyone) as downvote

The wording is subtle, and could possibly be improved. As it is, it's just something you learn by association with the action that triggered it.

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    I love that you use the opposing version both times when explaining the terms. "When you downvote, it shows downvoted. When a post is downvoted, it shows downvote."
    – Geobits
    Jun 16, 2014 at 19:40

You have "downvoted" an answer (hence the -1)

A post of your got a "downvote" (hence the -2).

  • There's no inherent reason the words couldn't be used the other way around, though: "Your post was 'downvoted'"/"You cast a 'downvote'".
    – jscs
    Jun 16, 2014 at 18:08

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