I'm curious. I downvoted an answer which was of a very poor quality. Now I'm showing a -1 in my reputation for this question?

Do we know why? If I'm being punished for doing something wrong I'd like to know the correct thing to do in the future.

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This is completely normal for Stack Exchange - you are not being punished.

When you downvote a post your reputation gets adjusted down by 1 point. This is to stop people just running riot downvoting. Downvoting is important, but the idea is that is that it should be tempered with just a bit of friction to assure that a downvote comes with a bit of conviction.

For more information ... https://meta.stackoverflow.com/help/whats-reputation

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  • Curious I did not know that - it makes a lot of sense to encourage a positive environment though. – Liath Jan 14 '14 at 14:20
  • @RobertCartaino - thanks for the edit – iandotkelly Jan 14 '14 at 16:37
  • iandotkelly, no problem. It's a common source of confusion that a down-vote isn't being used here for a <quote> "penalty". – Robert Cartaino Jan 14 '14 at 16:41

This behavior of the site also makes sense when you consider the requirement that an edit must be made to a post before you can reverse your vote. These combined with the encouragement to comment when you down-vote, allows the poster to address the problem (if possible), contact you (with an @user comment), and then everybody gets their points back. Hurray!

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