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I'm trying to figure out why when I downvoted an answer, my score went down as well. I don't see anywhere why that should affect my score.

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    Downvotes on answers cost reputation to deter abuse. Downvotes on questions are free. – badp Jun 3 '12 at 19:23
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That's how the reputation system works, as you can read on our FAQ; specifically:

[reputation effect when] answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

This is the way it works across the entire Stack Exchange network. As for why that is how reputation works across the network, you should check out this meta-discussion on the network's main meta site.

  • Thank you @Oak, I didn't see that in the FAQ before I must have missed it. – C-dizzle Jun 3 '12 at 21:16

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