A bug I've just noticed over the past two days... downvotes aren't costing me anything!

I downvoted something a day ago and noticed that my rep stayed constant (not supposed to happen), but the recipient lost 2 points (as should happen). I thought this might be a one-off bug or might be corrected at midnight, but that apparently isn't the case. I didn't lose a point overnight. Today, I saw another post I wanted to downvote, and noted my reputation (in case the same thing happened again). I downvoted, and again, no loss of 1 point. (The recipient, again, lost 2 points.)

EDIT: It should be noted that both of these downvotes were on questions, not answers. I just tried (and undid) an answer downvote, and the rep behaved as expected.

I've only downvoted 4 times in my whole SE career, so I may be missing something, but this doesn't seem right...

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    $\begingroup$ Any difference between downvoting answers and questions? $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Mar 4, 2013 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Thomas Good thought! I just downvoted/unvoted an answer, and found that the rep behaved as expected (I lost a point, they lost 2 points). It appears my bug is only relevant on questions. $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    Mar 4, 2013 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ From what I understand, you actually don't loose points from downvoting a question. $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Mar 4, 2013 at 18:36
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks everyone for your help.... (boy do I feel dumb now...) $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    Mar 4, 2013 at 19:20

1 Answer 1


The information page for the downvoting privilege states:

  • Downvotes on answers remove 1 reputation from you, the voter.
  • Downvotes on questions are free. (Why?)

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