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I noticed that recently (at least for a week), I don't lose the normal 1 point of reputation when downvoting a question (not CW). Has this been happening to others recently? Is there something in the rules of this site that explains this?

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Yes, they have changed the system. Down-voting questions does not effect the reputation of the down voter any more.

You can also rigger a reputation recalculation here.

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    $\begingroup$ Your second link is broken. $\endgroup$ Jul 14 '11 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Anthony, thanks, fixed. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jul 14 '11 at 8:58
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fyi the current cs faq seems to be incorrect (out of date) on that. it says:

answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

reading kaveh's link they changed this to encourage more voting overall, but I am not sure thats the best choice. seems like maybe some forums might want to be able to independently adj some of these parameters.

https://cstheory.stackexchange.com/faq#reputation

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    $\begingroup$ the question is about down voting questions, the faq you quote is about down voting answers. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jan 12 '12 at 19:59

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