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When i downvote an answer by a person with rep = 1, SO doesnt reduce the persons rep by 2 but i am still charged for my downvote

Should'nt both these changes be atomic? This would of course involve having a -ve rep value.

If we do not want to have a -ve rep, atleast people downvoting such answers should not get penalized unnecessarily by decreasing their rep, in my opinion.

Can anyone throw any light on the rationale behind the current implementation?

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Reputation can never go below 1.

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  • this is specifically for a user with rep = 1. Are you saying if no one else votes, my downvote should make his rep -1? Are -ve reps allowed?
    – Jagmag
    Dec 3 '10 at 6:31
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    @insane sorry, I did not see that. Rep can never go below 1. Downvotes are still recorded and will have other .. effects, so they are still useful. Dec 3 '10 at 6:37
  • OK. Thanks for clarifying.
    – Jagmag
    Dec 3 '10 at 6:40

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