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Why is there an option of upvote downvote in Meta SE? It never affects my reputation.It neither increases not decreases reputation. Then why is it there?

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    $\begingroup$ Voting in meta is a way of showing (general) approval/disproval of the post. Very useful in gauging popularity of a point of view. I would be happier with it, if we could be sure that a representative sample of users visited meta to vote. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 6 '15 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ The purpose of votes isn't reputation. The purpose of votes is to determine what the community thinks of a particular post. It happens that on main, posts that are voted on are rewarded/sanctioned by reputation, but this isn't the case on meta. It doesn't mean votes are pointless, because they still fulfill their primary purpose: determining what the community thinks of a post. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 6 '15 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Najib: That comment should be an answer. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Sep 6 '15 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ Among the links listed here I found: Why don't meta posts count towards rating (at least to some degree) on individual stackexchange sites? This one seems related, too: Why don't Meta upvotes count? (You can probably find a few more related discussions.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 7 '15 at 15:55
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The purpose of votes isn't reputation. The purpose of votes is to determine what the community thinks of a particular post. It happens that on main, posts that are voted on are rewarded/sanctioned by reputation, but this isn't the case on meta. It doesn't mean votes are pointless, because they still fulfill their primary purpose: determining what the community thinks of a post.

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  • $\begingroup$ Made into an answer by popular request. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 6 '15 at 16:11

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