I've recently reached 125 reputation on a Stack Exchange site, (yay!) and I now have the privilege to downvote. So I tried it out, and I lost a reputation point. At first I thought I got downvoted on a post, but then I remembered that when that happens, it's -2. So the I decided to ignore it, but then I found a bad answer to a question, so I decided to downvote it too. Then I lost another reputation point, and that's when I got nervous that there was something wrong. So I resorted to the help center, and it told me that when I downvote, I lose a reputation point. Why is this?

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    I'm not sure "bug" is the right tag for this question, as you mentioned, this is something you found is written in the help center
    – aBochur
    Feb 15, 2018 at 18:19

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This is not a bug, it's how the system works!

You lose reputation when:

  • your question is voted down: −2
  • your answer is voted down: −2
  • you vote down an answer: −1 Source

The point is, to discourage users from downvoting unless they have a good reason to do so.

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    So I won't loose a reputation point if I downvote a question, but I will if I downvote an answer?
    – Eevee
    Feb 15, 2018 at 18:15
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    That's correct. You only get -1 for down-voting answers
    – aBochur
    Feb 15, 2018 at 18:16
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    Note, however, that if the answer is bad enough to be deleted, you will get your reputation point back.
    – ale
    Feb 15, 2018 at 19:19

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