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Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score?

A lot of users will up vote if they see a question or answer that has -1 but is not totally terrible. So you then have (-1 + 10) = 8 rep.

So an answer that should have got no rep, gets +8 rep, due to the helpful person that down votes it. (Thanks for the down-votes, they give me lots of rep!)

What if instead we said:

If (totalVotesForItem => 0)
   repGained = totalVotesForItem * 10
   repGained = totalVotesForItem * -1

Then getting one down vote and one up vote will give 0 rep gain rather than 9 rep gain.


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Wouldn't it be a better solution to just increase the cost of down votes?

It looks like this is already in the works:

Should the weight of downvotes be increased?

  • It would seem that way, but that feature has been frozen to 0 Kelvin for months.
    – perbert
    Feb 11, 2010 at 17:34
  • Maybe we should wake it up!
    Feb 11, 2010 at 17:37
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    that only works if the person that is down voted loses 10 rep for each downvote they get. Feb 11, 2010 at 17:52
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    @Ian: That sounds like a good idea.
    Feb 11, 2010 at 17:54

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