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I notice that when downvoting an answer, it says to leave a comment. I -already- left a comment before downvoting. So I don't. I then drop a point in rep.
I imagine that if i'd left a comment after the downvote, then that might not have happened.
Is this somewhat of a bug?
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Jan 6, 2011 at 15:18
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Down voting on an answer costs 1 rep irrelevant of whether you leave a comment or not. You are under no obligation to leave a comment. The losing of rep when down voting is to prevent abuse of the voting system.
Jan 6, 2011 at 16:07
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You might want to read the
Privileges page for downvoting.
For this specific question, see the section
What happens when I vote down?, which I reproduce below for your convenience:
What happens when I vote down?
When you vote down, you are moving that content "down" so it will be seen by fewer people.
Downvotes remove 2 reputation from the post owner.
Downvotes on answers remove 1 reputation from you, the voter.
Downvotes on questions are free. (
Why?) You can vote 30 times per UTC day. You get an additional 10 votes on questions only. (
Voting down is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free.
Jan 6, 2011 at 16:28
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It is in fact a good way of preventing abuse of the voting system, but how about high reputation users? They wouldn't care about losing 1 rep point... Is it because they're so trusted that they have the right to vote down without many consequences?
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