I recently downvoted a poorly written question. The downvote was registered on the question, the change in reputation was documented on the user's page, the downvote count on my profile incremented, but I did not lose any reputation. Anytime I have downvoted in the past, the reputation change happened within 5 minutes, but it has been some time now and I have not seen any change. I have also received an upvote since then and that has registered fine.

Any ideas on why the downvote was not calculated into my total?

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    see Should downvotes on questions be "free"? Aug 29, 2011 at 20:32
  • I had missed that link that @Conrad was kind enough to post. Based on that link, it seems that this will be a permanent change? I do also see that "answer" is specified, albeit very subtly in the privileges section. Maybe that should be made more clear on that page?
    – MaQleod
    Aug 29, 2011 at 20:37

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Downvotes on question do not cost anything to the downvoter.

However, downvotes on answers do cost -1 rep to the downvoter.

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