If I remember how SE works then downvoting costs you a small amount of reputation.

I recently downvoted this question on arqade, but my reputation hasn't dropped. Is it because the question was closed? Is there another reason?

I realize this is probably not a bug; rather, I don't understand how the system works.


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Downvoting questions used to cost 1 reputation — but no more! Now it is indeed free.

See the relevant meta question: Should downvotes on questions be "free"?

  • Awesome thanks for the link!
    – Sadly Not
    Sep 13, 2012 at 18:26

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