On MSE, down voting means I disagree, not "bad post." IMO, we don't want to punish users for writing potentially controversial ideas, so there should be no penalty for being downvoted. The other metas are already like this.

  • related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/239491/…
    Oct 18, 2015 at 1:19
  • Downvotes don't mean disagreement in the vast majority of posts here.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Oct 18, 2015 at 2:49
  • I vote on the merits of the post, not to punish users. When you reach 10 rep you can consider posting as Community Wiki, specially for feature requests that often come without research. I don't think voting should change.
    – rene
    Oct 18, 2015 at 6:46
  • @rene oh, very smart.
    – Gaelan
    Oct 18, 2015 at 6:47
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    Agree. As a compromise step, making it -1 instead of -2 in this meta. Or disabling rep for this meta site as it works in other meta sites Apr 20, 2016 at 15:49

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I think the current voting and reputation system does a good job of gauging community consensus on issues.

Even potentially controversial ideas can usually be written in a neutral way that simply introduces the issue and leaves answers from others (or you) to attract up/down votes on the for/against cases as appropriate.

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