A few days ago, I downvoted this answer. Right after I downvoted, I was told that I had lost two reputation points/marks (whatever they're called).

I thought nothing of it until today, when I lost another reputation point because of it. What's going on? Is it a bug or can people be penalised for downvoting answers?

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    You lose one point for down-voting answers. If you lost two the someone else down-voted you. – ChrisF Aug 11 '14 at 15:39
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    @ChrisF I've downvoted answers before with no reputation loss though – Beta Decay Aug 11 '14 at 15:39
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    That would only be the case if they were Community Wiki answers. – ChrisF Aug 11 '14 at 15:40
  • @ChrisF Ahh. Thanks – Beta Decay Aug 11 '14 at 15:43

So a little about downvoting.

  • Downvoting any questions costs no rep points.

  • Downvoting usual answers costs you 1 rep.

  • Downvoting answers, marked as Community Wiki costs no rep points

  • Downvoting any answers and questions on child metas (e.g. Meta Stack Overflow) costs no rep points

If you didn't lose a rep point while downvoting an answer, it could be because it was on child meta or marked CW.


If you downvote answers you lose 1 rep. If you downvote questions, you lose no rep at all.

If that answer gets deleted, you get your 1 rep back.

I imagine that the purpose of this is to discourage vindictive downvote wars.

  • So the system still allows a bunch of trolls to gang up on you and downvote all the questions you ask, w/o being penalized. – Gene B Aug 11 '14 at 22:30
  • @GeneB well, those trolls need to get 125 rep first to be able to DV. But yes, sometimes users misbehave, unfortunately. SE places high-enough value on questions that they decided to accept this cost. – Monica Cellio Aug 12 '14 at 3:38
  • @MonicaCellio, More than just "sometimes". In fact, many go off scot-free. – Pacerier Aug 14 '14 at 2:52

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