Earlier today, I got two reputation hits from downvotes here on meta. I'm not particularly worried about the two rep points, but I was under the impression that downvotes on meta weren't supposed to cost the user rep. (See this question on Meta Stack Exchange.)

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What's going on here? Is this a problem, or am I misunderstanding the situation?

  • Are you sure that was the cause?
    – Gelatin
    Oct 2, 2010 at 21:27
  • I think this should be edited to be a bug request because there is a display problem showing negative rep when actually there is no negative rep. Oct 3, 2010 at 0:20
  • @Brian - I agree, it's deceptive. Oct 3, 2010 at 0:51

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Meta votes do not affect your rep.

There is no reputation awarded for posts in the "child" meta sites (i.e. meta.webapps.stackexchange.com). The "reputation" is inherited from the parent site. But you will get meta-specific badges, though
- No rep for question upvotes?

You can check your webapps profile to add it up. Did a quick add for you. https://webapps.stackexchange.com/users/2942?tab=reputationhistory#tab-top

101+40+30+20+20+5-4+20+15+10+10+5+5+8=285 All questions and answers accounted for.


They didn't cost you rep. Your reputation total is still the same as it is on the parent site.

I even voted down this question, see you're still at 285. The image is simply showing that you received down/up votes.

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