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I just downvoted the following question 500 internal error and (surprisingly as on SO it only happens on answers, not questions) got -2 karma points. No problems, I'm working for the community (and for my karma too).
Then I "unvoted" my downvote and got a +1...Hmmm, I thought I was going to get back my +2 karma points. So what occurs if I downvote again, does it will take away one or two karma points? Gotcha! It took away 2 karma points. Attached a screen capture of the process. I think if I downvote and undo it, it should at least add back the 2 karma points that where removed.
More information on the reputation calculation process from SE sites. Extracted from the blog:
First, if youâve contributed something worthwhile to the site, you should keep the reputation for that even if it eventually gets deleted. âWorthwhileâ here is defined as,
- A score of 3 or greater
- Visible on the site for at least 60 days
Reported the bug as a question on the AskBot site.
There are two parts to this question.
The fact that downvoting a question makes you losing karma (unlike SE networks) looks more like a (lack of) feature of Askbot than a real bug. I couldn't find any way to change this behavior in the config panel: there's only an option for "downvoting", not for "downvoting a question".
Loss for giving a downvote | Default value: -2
On the other hand, the regain of 1 point only doesn't seem logical at all and is more likely a bug. Askbot's bugs can be reported upstream: http://askbot.org/en/questions/ I'll add that any user who feels like can make a "report".
Update: There is a setting for the karma restore after canceling a downvote, but interestingly enough it's not the opposite of the karma loss by default:
Gain for voter on canceling downvote | Default value: 1
We've just changed the settings to mimic SE as much as possible, though there's no separate setting for downvoting an answer vs a question:
Loss for giving a downvote: -1
Gain for voter on canceling downvote: 1
Loss for owner of post that was downvoted: -2
Gain for post owner on canceled downvote: 2
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