I noticed an issue: when I down voted an answer, my reputation also decreased by 1. I don't understand why? Please help me.

Here's the screenshot:

downvote screenshot


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This is intended behaviour, and has been forever on SO/SE.

Here is a discussion about the issue. This is unlikely to change, but you are welcome to propose a change on meta.SE.

  • $\begingroup$ I think I will suggest on meta SE a possible measure to avoid downvoting of answers without genuine reason. $\endgroup$
    – kiner_shah
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ I posted on meta SE. Here's the link. $\endgroup$
    – kiner_shah
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ @kiner_shah Did you actually ask the question on meta SE, or the question was deleted? The link appeared to be non-existent. $\endgroup$
    – Nobody
    Commented Jul 23, 2018 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ @scaaahu It was closed as duplicate and deleted within minutes. A gold-badge user for the related tag (who "hammered" it) expressed that they have little patience for that particular complaint/proposal because they get it so often (~daily). I expressed that I felt a duplicate chain leading back to a Jeff answer from <2012 may not be an appropriate response to a policy discussion today, but received no response. $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Commented Jul 23, 2018 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ @scaaahu, the question was deleted, since it was a duplicate question. $\endgroup$
    – kiner_shah
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 15:23

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