I wonder if Stack Exchange has considered some mechanism to limit those who primarily downvote, or at least downvote much more than they upvote?

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    $\begingroup$ Not specifically. We have vote limits. But those don't care whether up or down. $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2015 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ Why should they? $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2015 at 13:54
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    $\begingroup$ Ha! My most downvoted question. :-) $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2015 at 13:57
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    $\begingroup$ Related: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/8371/… $\endgroup$
    – user99914
    Jul 11, 2015 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ @JohnMa: Thank you, your link answers my question: Yes it was considered. And rejected. $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2015 at 14:06

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As already transpired in comments the proposal was made, by Jeff Atwood himself, and rejected: Should we have a policy about "too much downvoting"?

I would not have liked that particular proposal either, with a global ratio-restriction. However, I think I could get behind something roughly like we have for question and answer voting, that is, one gets extra votes if one votes in a somewhat balanced way.

Personally, I would not discriminate on type (up/down) but make it symmetric (but this could be discussed), say:

a user has 30 votes/day yet in addition they can cast up to 10 extra votes as long as there are not more than 30 of the same type (up/down).

This is not fully thought out as one would have to think about the interaction with the 10 extra votes that exist for questions. One could also think about the exact numbers. I mainly meant to bring up the idea of a milder and more symmetric steering mechanism.

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    $\begingroup$ That's an interesting idea. It would certainly prevent many users from gaining the Vox Populi badge. (At the very least there may be a germ of an interesting badge here. Sure, you get Critic for your first downvote, but after that downvotes seem to be forgotten in the badges.) $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Jul 12, 2015 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Arthur Fischer: I don't see a problem with forgetting type of votes in the badges (to the extent already done). Currently only Supporter and Sportsmanship reward upvotes, with Supporter matched by Critic, and the behavior rewarded by Sportsmanship having no good downvoting analogue, so it seems balanced to me. $\endgroup$ Jul 13, 2015 at 19:34

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