I just downvoted a question I found a bit ridiculous, and when I clicked on my profile and looked at my reputation tab, it said "-1 reputation". I don't know what my reputation was beforehand, but do I lose reputation when I downvote? If so, is there a reason why?

  • Not only Writing SE but all other SE websites follow the same pattern. Mar 26, 2019 at 13:26

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You do not lose reputation for downvoting a question. You do lose reputation for downvoting an answer. You can find more here.

You lose reputation when:

  • your question is voted down: −2
  • your answer is voted down: −2
  • you vote down an answer: −1
  • you place a bounty on a question: − full bounty amount
  • one of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags: −100

This Meta.SE question also has more information.

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