# Does downvoting cost reputation?

I just downvoted an answer. (In this case because it was more of a comment than an answer.) As soon as I downvoted, I got a -1 in my reputation. Is it supposed to be like this, or is it some technical fault?

• – dmckee Dec 27 '13 at 18:28
• If a posted answer is something that should be posted as a comment, the correct course of action is to fag it as not an answer; moderators can then convert it to a comment. Note, though, that you should not use this with technically incorrect answers (like the one you linked to), which should be downvoted. – Emilio Pisanty Dec 28 '13 at 8:12