I recently (an hour or so ago) downvoted this answer (which had been at a score of 0 before my downvote, in case that's relevant), and I saw my Meta.SE rep go from 101 to 100 (and got a notification in the "trophy" menu that I had lost 1 rep point).

This is contrary to what I had previously believed: that downvotes in Meta cost no rep either for the votee or for the voter. Did that change recently?

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    I see. FWIW you probably can dupe-close to desired question yourself as explained eg here. In this case, both mine and your dupe targets will be shown here - if this is important to get rid of mine you can flag for moderator or ask someone with gold support badge to edit the list
    – gnat
    Oct 2, 2019 at 13:51
  • I don't care if yours is shown as well, but I appear to not have enough Meta.SE reputation to vote to close my own question (?!): the only buttons I see are "share", "edit", "delete", and "flag". I guess I'll flag for moderator attention, though given recent events, there might not be that many mods active right now...
    – rmunn
    Oct 2, 2019 at 13:53
  • nono, flag -> close -> duplicate...
    – gnat
    Oct 2, 2019 at 13:53
  • @gnat - Ah, got it! Thanks, dupe-closing it now. I'm too used to having 20k+ rep, as Stack Overflow is the only site I really participate in, so I've forgotten how the UI looks at low rep levels. grin
    – rmunn
    Oct 2, 2019 at 13:54

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Welcome to Meta Stack Exchange, which is a separate site in the network with its own reputation system, functioning exactly like a main site like Stack Overflow (though privilege levels might be a bit different). So just like on Stack Overflow, downvoting answers costs reputation.

On per-site Metas like Meta Stack Overflow, you cannot lose (or earn) reputation; that reputation is always synchronized from the account on the corresponding main site. The following section from the Stack Overflow Help Center is 'missing' from the one used here:

If you have an account on Stack Overflow, you have an account on its meta site.

You do not need to create a separate account for meta; once you are logged in on Stack Overflow, you are also logged in and may post on its meta site.

Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is the same as your reputation on Stack Overflow (synchronized hourly), though you earn separate badges. You must have 5 reputation to participate on meta.

  • So the name was confusing me. Now that I know that despite the "meta" in the name, this is not a metasite per se because it's not a meta for any one site, the fact that it functions just like a normal site (i.e., SO) makes sense. I understand better now; thanks!
    – rmunn
    Oct 2, 2019 at 13:30

Meta Stack Exchange is different in this regard to the normal meta sites like MSO.
Reputation here works the same as on normal sites.
This means you lose 1 rep when downvoting a answer.

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