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Why do you lose reputation for downvoting answers?

It is incredibly rare that I downvote on this or any other community site. I would rather just ignore the item. However, occasionally some very bad advice is given that is worthy of a downvote. Why ...
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465 votes
12 answers
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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a concrete suggestion: ...
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Should downvotes on questions be "free"?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel ...
Jeff Atwood's user avatar
192 votes
13 answers
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The problem with extrinsic motivation

TL;DR: Stack Exchange favors standard, fast, and complete answers at the expense of novel, creative, and excellent answers. This bias results directly from reputation ratings, badges and other ...
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586 votes
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How does "Reputation" work?

On Stack Exchange, users may gain a certain level of reputation. What does reputation do? How can a user gain or lose reputation? See also: What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it? in the ...
725 votes
1 answer
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What is the association bonus, and how does it work?

I was just awarded +100 reputation on all of my Stack Exchange accounts. What is this bonus for? It simply says "Association Bonus" on my reputation overview. Also: What privileges does the ...
314 votes
1 answer
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How do suggested edits work?

When clicking "edit" I see: Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. We welcome edits that make the post easier to understand and more valuable for readers. Because ...
56 votes
5 answers
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Why can any user edit any other user's question or answer?

I see an "edit" link after each question and answer. So I was wondering: how come any user can change any other user's question or answer? I think the reason behind it is that each one can share their ...
87 votes
2 answers
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What are the details on the "candidate score" which shows during an election?

The way stats used to be shown during a moderator election have recently been changed. It now shows a "candidate score", which appears to be an amalgamation of total rep and certain badges, awarding a ...
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17 answers
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What does your reputation mean to you? [closed]

Simple question. SO had turned me into a better developer by far, I like to browse questions that strike my interest and curiosity and just read through the answers. I never fail to learn something ...
27 votes
15 answers
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Is reputation important?

I'm wondering how much a reputation score would make people trust an answer or not? Does my current (167) make it more likely that you believe me or distrust me?
Sean Kearon's user avatar
22 votes
3 answers
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Edit a question (from other user) and get +2 rep? [duplicate]

There was this Question on SO this morning (GMT Time). I made an edit (I don't have enough rep to do it without peer review) and the changes I commited were Change the Title Fix code Indent After ...
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24 votes
3 answers
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Allow low-rep users to suggest edits

Today, it requires 2000 reputation to edit questions/answers; most users don't have that much reputation. Quora allows anyone to click on a "Suggest Edits" button; it launches the editor and ...
Dan Fabulich's user avatar
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2 answers
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Split reputation into trust and expertise

It's a colossal pain trying to build reputation separately on each Stack Exchange site. The reason for this is supposedly that expertise differs across different subject areas. The common rebuttal is ...
Issa Chanzi's user avatar
36 votes
1 answer
296 views

Any non-domain-specific privileges earned should be shared across all sites

If one examines the privileges earned above 100 reputation, they are split into two camps: Privileges that are dangerous in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the domain. Privileges that are simply ...
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