# Is it okay that I never downvote questions/answers?

My understanding is that you lose $$2$$ reputation when you do so. I would like my reputation to be as high as possible, so I don't want to voluntarily give up points. I do my best to assist in low-effort posts by inlining images, asking the OP what their thoughts are on the problem, and voting to close for lack of context when it is clear that it is a PSQ. However, am I expected to downvote a question or answer that is "bad," for lack of a better word? Or is this up to my discretion?

• Note you don't lose reputation points when you down-vote questions, and it's only $1$ reputation point per answer down-vote. – John Omielan Dec 18 '19 at 9:06
• Thanks for the clarification @JohnOmielan. – Math1000 Dec 18 '19 at 9:28
• "lost" reputation from downvotes is returned if the downvoted item is deleted, and you can remove your downvote if the question/answer is improved (at least to your satisfaction) so there's not necessarily any permanence to this. – postmortes Dec 18 '19 at 9:35
• I feel that the emphasis should be on comments and other assistance, such as you say you already do, rather than on downvotes. This positive action has a stronger impact on the site, as for example it has the potential to improve future questions. On the other hand, downvotes without feedback are usually not helpful. So keep doing what you're doing and don't worry. – user1729 Dec 18 '19 at 15:12
• @user1729 One reason I'm asking this question is because sometimes I'll see (poorly-written) questions with 3-4 downvotes and no close votes. It confuses me sometimes. – Math1000 Dec 18 '19 at 16:49
• @Math1000 I don't know why that is. Not everybody who has enough reputation to downvote has enough to close-vote, which is a factor (although how significant a factor I don't know). – user1729 Dec 18 '19 at 17:00