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I observed that my reputation decreases when I downvote answers, why?

Why do I loose 1 reputation point for downvoting others answers?

I even provided a reason!

I just lost 1 reputation because I downvoted an answer of a user who had not read the OPs question description properly and had thus given a wrong answer!


  • it's only -1, plus you can get back if you work to make the answer better, or if it gets deleted.
    – Mateo
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 18:48
  • its a rule... most probably to prevent mass downvotes
    – Ashu
    Commented May 19, 2012 at 11:10


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