Here's the question

I agree with those who answered. They are correct.

However, after expressing my opinion and asking others for theirs, I lost 21 reputation.

We are encouraged to delete down-voted questions because it restores reputation (why else would you do so?)

But then, there's this picture:



My point here is the downvotes.

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    It seems like you simply care way too much about the stats in your user card. Worry more about providing quality content, and improving the site as a resource, and less about how much rep or how many badges you have. If you strive to provide quality content, the recognition will follow. If you strive for the recognition at the expense of actually making positive contributions, things won't turn out well, long term.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2015 at 21:56
  • I don't understand this. Its not about question deletion, its about opinion expression. Dec 9, 2015 at 22:21
  • Also the fact that it was DOWNVOTED. Dec 9, 2015 at 22:23
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    I'm well aware of that. You're stating that you're unwilling to express your opinion if it results in you losing a few dozen rep. I'm telling you that you shouldn't care so much about a few dozen rep that you would let it prevent you from expressing an opinion you think is valuable. It should of course make you question if that opinion is in fact valuable.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2015 at 22:23
  • Wait, it was downvoted? I though you were complaining about the fact that it was upvoted. In that case....
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2015 at 22:23
  • It is valuable that this website can save me hours of time and that this may lead to a "Your recent questions have not been accepted very well..." Dec 9, 2015 at 22:24
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    I find it unlikely that meta.SE is a site that can save you hours of time.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2015 at 22:30
  • Regarding the edit, what about the downvotes? And if you only ask about the downvotes, how that warning you posted a screenshot of is related? Dec 10, 2015 at 7:26

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First, you can't delete it since it has upvoted answers.

Second, voting on Meta is a little different. You can gain or lose a lot for a simple question. On Meta, we express our agreement or disagreement with our votes. And since you propose a change, the best way to know if the community agrees is to let them vote.

This point is often learned by your first questions on Meta. Next time you will be thinking a lot more about the complications a proposal might have, the pros and cons. And even then sometimes we fail to do a proposal that sticks.

Bottom line is: don't let these votes disappoint you. Your internet are not worth that much. Learn from it.

  • But I might get banned for it. Globally. Ex. the computer determined bans uncontrolled by mods Dec 9, 2015 at 22:21
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    @CrazyPython It's very hard to get question banned on meta.SE. You'd have to provide a lot of extremely poorly received content to actually earn yourself a question ban, much more so than what it takes on normal sites. It's only actually happened a handful of times.
    – Servy
    Dec 9, 2015 at 22:25
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    @CrazyPython Also, it doesn't trigger a global question block. If you managed to trigger it, you'd only be blocked from asking here on Meta SE.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 9, 2015 at 22:27

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