I have observed that these days if any user downvotes a question then they don't loose any points.

From this link from the Help page we find the following regarding when we loose reputation points:

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

All users start with one reputation point, and reputation can never drop below 1. Accepting your own answer does not increase your reputation. Deleted posts do not affect reputation, for voters, authors or anyone else involved, in most cases. If a user reverses a vote, the corresponding reputation loss or gain will be reversed as well. Vote reversal as a result of voting fraud will also return lost or gained reputation.

So, as one can see, one does not loose any points when they are downvoting a question (they do if downvoting an answer). But if I'm not wrong the rule was not the same just may be a few years back. Am I right or wrong?

I think the rule was that you will loose 1 point as well even when you have downvoted a question provided your own reputation is less than a particular number (may be 500 or 1000 or may be even 5000 I don't remember exactly).

Is the rule really used to be like this before or am I mistaken?


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Downvotes to questions used to cost 1 reputation (for the person voting down), just like answers. This has been changed, but that was a long time ago, May 2011 to be precise. See Should downvotes on questions be “free”? on Meta Stack Exchage.

  • Oh but I thought I encountered this old rule around 2017 but looks like I'm mistaken.
    – Rickross
    Dec 18, 2020 at 15:40
  • @Rickross I have been using SE since 2014 and one doesn't lose reputation for downvoting questions. You may see more than 5 years old help center page
    – Pandya Mod
    Dec 18, 2020 at 16:14
  • Okay @Pandya I can't remember now how I got this idea.
    – Rickross
    Dec 19, 2020 at 6:41
  • @Pandya I still loose 1 point whenever I downvote a post...from reputation history, i could find few instances from Sep-2020..
    – YDS
    Jan 10, 2021 at 2:01

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