Today I downvoted an answer and flagged it, too. Now I get negative scores. Presumably, because I wrote a comment on a bad answer, which is downvoted by others too. Although, I do not care too much about my score, I am interested in understanding the motivation for the negative scores. Is it a bug?

  • $\begingroup$ I don't imagine there would be any bug that could cause negative scores. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Dec 16 '19 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Kyle Kenos. So I remove the tag "bug". Do you have any alternative explanation? $\endgroup$
    – Semoi
    Dec 16 '19 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ Do you know that downvoting an answer always costs 1 rep. point? $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Dec 16 '19 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ No, I didn't. Thanks a lot. $\endgroup$
    – Semoi
    Dec 16 '19 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ Cross-site duplicate: How does “Reputation” work? (Über Meta), sub section "You lose reputation when", 4th bullet point. $\endgroup$ Dec 16 '19 at 22:55
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    $\begingroup$ As for the motivation, the downvote privilege page puts it succinctly: "Voting down answers is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free". $\endgroup$ Dec 18 '19 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty, after reading your comment above, I wonder if anyone has pointed out that voting down is effectively (or relatively) free for higher rep users. It wouldn't surprise me if it has been suggested (and maybe even discussed) to 'tax' downvotes more heavily from the 'rich' (reputation wise). $\endgroup$ Dec 19 '19 at 2:59

If you down voted an answer then you lose 1 reputation point, which is only viewable to you. Since I can't see this on your own reputation page I'm guessing that's what happened. You will probably be able to see it on that page though (and any other reputation change history of yours).

You can't lose/gain reputation for comments in any way.


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