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Should downvoting cost points for the downvoter?

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On Stack Exchange, downvoting an answer costs 1 reputation point, whereas downvoting a question is free. Should PhysicsOverflow do the same, or should we change this?

asked Feb 15, 2014 in Discussion by Dilaton (4,175 points) [ no revision ]
retagged Apr 6, 2014 by dimension10

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No it shouldn't. See my answer to How many points must one loose for being downvoted?

for the reasoning, it skews the answers towards a regime of more positive votes, and is therefore inaccurate. What SE is doing is basically punishing criticism.

answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,950 points) [ no revision ]
edited Feb 22, 2014 by dimension10

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