The result is that users asking idiotic questions like
WHAT IS OPENERP?????"
can install openerp my toaster!!?
have hundreds or even almost a thousand of karma, all obtained thanks to downvotes to their questions.
To understand how bad this is (if not obvious), you should also realize that at 300 you can edit any post, at 500 you can accept any answer, at 1000 karma you can edit/delete basically everything.
EDIT: turns out there are more problems with downvotes:
- What happens for questions also happens for answers (downvote answer -> +50 karma for user who answered)
- Problems with answers vote count sign: e.g. I downvoted Juan Miguel's answer to this question and the vote count went from +2 to -3 (sorry!) (he still got a net result of +50 karma)
EDIT 2: I installed the latest master version from github locally, and downvotes seem to work normally. I think that the bug was fixed 4 days ago with this commit.
EDIT 3: The bug seems to be partially solved.