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Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not? [duplicate]

The title basically says it all: "Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not?" I ask this because I think bad answers are a lot more damaging than bad questions. If it is a a bad ...
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Downvoting is not causing reputation loss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should downvotes on questions be “free”? Why do I not lose reputation when I downvote posts? If I downvote a question or answer, it causes 2 points loss to the ...
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Downvoting does not decrease rep [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should downvotes on questions be “free”? I went on a downvote spree today (because of low quality homework-style questions). I have not lost any rep during my ...
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Why my downvotes sometimes don't cost me the expected -1 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should downvotes on questions be “free”? I've seen this several times, I downvote a post (question or answer) and my reputation is not decreased by -1. For ...
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Do downvotes on questions I've voted to close not reduce reputation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should downvotes on questions be “free”? Sometimes while cleaning up old or severely downvoted questions, I'll do quite a few downvotes and close votes in a short ...
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Is there any change in reputation penalty for downvoting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should downvotes on questions be “free”? I just downvoted a question on Stack Overflow. I don't do this very often so I wonder if there was any change in ...
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Recent Reputation History Changes

Update (March, 2012): This has been rolled out to all sites in the network. Behind the scenes we've been hard at work making some changes to how we track reputation. Here are some of the issues we'...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics

Many Meta users have asked for statistics that involve data that isn't available through the public data dumps (especially voting-related stats). In conjunction with the SE team, I will be bringing ...
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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my investigation, I noticed ...
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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Why are votes per post on the decrease (what can we do to improve this)?

I just wrote this totally nasty query on data.se (same query including all community wiki questions). It is ... complicated but this is what it looks at: It splits up data in to 1 month chunks (2009 -...
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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

I don't know if people don't explain why they up or down vote because they don't care or because they don't want the person to know they voted on an answer (or question)... But, it might be nice to be ...
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I've just been downvoted. How should I react?

I've posted a question or an answer, and I have received one or more downvotes. I am not really sure why I was down voted, or I think I know why, but I disagree. Why did this happen, and what should ...
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Downvoting of new user questions

I have noticed a trend on Stack Overflow where the first question posted by newer users (typically having <100 reputation) tends to get downvoted, mainly because said users don't know how to ask ...
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Mitigating publicity-driven vote inflation

Following the Reddit debacle™ back in January, we've had another instance today of a question becoming overwhelmingly popular due to external "advertising". As soon as Joel tweeted about Eric Lippert'...
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Can we raise the awareness that question downvotes are now free?

See also: Should downvotes on questions be "free"? Ever since downvotes for questions have been made free, I find that I've been more actively voting (both up and down) on questions. The ...
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Why do I not lose reputation when I downvote posts?

I have recently earned enough reputation to cast downvotes. And as I understand it, when I downvote (by clicking the down button), my reputation will be decreased. However, I have downvoted at least 3 ...
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Some Ways To Promote Down-Voting

Often times I see that people won't down vote "bad" responses/answers because they don't want to consistently lose rep. Sure, it's only -1 point per down-vote, but do this 3 - 5 or so times a day, ...
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Is lack of (other) research a reason to downvote?

I recently downvoted two questions for a lack of fundamental research (with a comment explaining why). Is that a valid reason? To be specific: Someone had an ampersand embedded in an XML attribute ...
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About new downvote policy on meta

Recently, downvoting on questions became free. This made a lot of sense to me in SO, however in meta it might not be the case. In SO the quality of a question is in general independent from the ...
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Why do moderators lose rep when downvoting answers?

The reason for losing rep for downvoting has been discussed at length. But why do moderators lose rep when downvoting answers, especially when using the moderator tools? When I am handling flags, ...
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Dissuading trolls: increase reputation cost for downvote on answers

Some quality users leave Stack Exchange because of a slight imbalance in the current voting system The ultimate problem is that *some* people who write quality answers are driven away by a *slight* ...
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Make downvoters lose more reputation

Many time when I answered the questions, I just wanted to help. I think I do at the best. And peoples who vote down at me may think that too, that they do at correctly. Some time you may use the ...
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Influence of the weather in the upvote/downvote ratio?

I'm under the impression that the weather can influence the mood and have some impact in voting statistics. Is there any way of verifying this hypothesis? I mean, is the daily total of upvotes and ...
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Getting your question reopened

In this comment, someone mentioned how hard it is to get a question reopened. This is a problem. Many new users, upon learning that their question is closed, will ask it again in a new post. This ...
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Fixed number of close votes + growing community = more questions being closed. Is this desirable?

With the SO community growing, I see more and more frivolous closings. It's natural considering the number of potential close votes is increasing, and the number of close votes required is always ...
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Revisiting free downvotes on questions

Disclaimer: I've read Should downvotes on questions be "free"?, but I feel the landscape has changed in the last three years. What I'm looking for here is discussion about the results, looking back. I'...
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What is the reason behind not gaining reputation for a user when upvoting, but removing reputation when a user downvotes?

I am trying to familiarise myself with SO (company)/SE, reading posts such as "What is reputation?", "How does reputation works?", "Decrease of reputation on downvote?", etc. I've split voting ...
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Why am I punished for someone else's poor answer [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked / answered before (let me know and i'll delete this). But i've searched a bit and haven't seen anything about it other than a few comments on different posts. Why do ...
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What's the desired voting behavior?

This is inspired by Should downvotes on questions be "free"? What's the desired voting behaviour? What's the best behaviour for the community? Do you want that every question/comment/answer ...
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Downvote "pile-on" on closed questions?

I'm sure most of us have seen questions with issues (off-topic, not constructive, etc) which, with a little editing, could be good questions. In theory, the solution to these kinds of questions would ...
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If a question is closed/deleted after I downvote it, do I get my rep back?

I'm simply curious. After all, reputation is taken away to prevent abusive downvoting.
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Should we be allowed to close a question as "Not a real question" if it has answers?

I've noticed that "Not a real question" is a catch-all for closing questions. Not a real question It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, ...
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How to hide negative reputation in the reputation history? [duplicate]

I want to hide negative reputation which appears in the reputation history. I want to know the settings do so. Edited: Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted This was the answer i ...
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Can we actually discourage downvotes?

Before you disagree with me with a downvote, or just want to be funny, please hear me out. From the "Vote Down" privilege page: The upvote privilege comes first because that's what you ...
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Why is down vote on question not -1?

Down voting a question gives -2 rep to the asker, but up voting gives +5. Since the up votes are halved on questions, why the down votes are not halved as well? Specially since they gives no penalty ...
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Is the down-vote fair [duplicate]

Someone once said: "There are no stupid questions but just stupid answers." However, on Stack Overflow a down-voter gets -1 for down-voting an answer, but gets no penalty at all for down-voting a ...
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Mark threads crosspost and users as crossposter

For me it's annoying when user posted questions on multiple sites without letting readers know about the posts. It would be great if I can mark such questions/users somehow. May be decreasing their ...
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How many people who downvote actually know that it takes a point of their own rep too?

Considering the number of increasing down-votes across all SE sites (and especially StackOverflow), it really makes me wonder how many users who just "casually" down-vote other's answers ...
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I thought downvoting was free now [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does “Reputation” work? Today I downvoted this answer and for some reason I got a -1. This was the first time this happened and I've been a member for about ...
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Re-posts of questions closed as OT or NARQ should also receive auto-downvote

Questions which are closed as either off-topic or not a real question are automatically downvoted by the community user. If a user (either through ignorance or insolence) then re-posts the same ...
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Downvote. Taking back. How does my rep change?

I've seen this question on meta but it seems old (2009) and does not answer my curiosity. That question refers to Jon Skeets reputation tracker which does not seem to work now. My question. I ...
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Why do down-votes on questions get (relatively) more penalized than down-votes on answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is down vote on question not -1? If someone downvotes a question, the question asker loses two points. If someone downvotes an answer, the answer provider loses two ...
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Questions that are closed as not a real question should not penalize downvoters of said question [closed]

I apologize if this has been suggested already; I have found many similar posts but none dealing with this case; If a user downvotes a question due to lack of quality or not a real question; and the ...
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So what happened to the downvoting discussion?

I posted this on physics.SE but was directed here. So it is a little specific to that forum. If you've already read all the arguments possible in the original please skip to the last two paragraphs. ...
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Create easy way to "send back" bad questions

Preamble: I had to stop listening to last week's podcast. While I'm sure it would be nice for an automated agent to pop up and say "It looks like you're writing a bad question," or to get a higher ...
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Separate rep cap for questions and answers

Recently the number of votes a user can cast was increased to 40 and the vox populi badge was created to encourage votes on questions. Why not take it a step further and have two reputation caps per ...
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How to handle questions that aren't programming related or pop up on the first page of google

I personally feel there is a bit of a cancer placating Stack Overflow. So many users (mostly new users) ask questions more along the line of, I want a prepackaged solution that does X. I don't ...

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