Do downvotes lower reputation? I answered a question and it got down voted I had 5 reputation prior to that. After It happened I noticed I couldn’t post to the Meta which gave me the idea that downvotes lower reputation.

  • I encourage you to read our help page on reputation. It explains all the ways to gain and lose rep. Note that on the Meta site, you do not lose reputation nor gain any for any actions.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 13, 2017 at 13:24

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Yes. Getting a question or answer downvoted (on the normal site, not on Meta) will lower your reputation score by 2 points. It costs 1 rep to downvote a post an answer. You can find more info on how reputation works in the help center.

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    It costs 1 rep to downvote answers. There's no rep penalty for downvoting questions.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Oct 12, 2017 at 20:34

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