How do I get -2 Reputation for some of my questions? They are sincere questions. And I don't have the reputation to tag this with reputation.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do I only get to ask so many questions in a day? Because this one got -2 as well :( \$\endgroup\$
    – Progredi
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 1:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, that's not the issue. This is getting moved to our meta site shortly, where it's the appropriate place to ask questions like this. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 1:48

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So, the short answer is: because someone thought they were unclear, not researched, or not useful, and downvoted them.

The long answer is: You probably need to do some exploring of the help centre. In particular, our page on reputation explains all the details of how reputation works.

Stack Exchange is a community that works differently to regular forums, and has its own rules and guidelines. There are a lot of potential pitfalls for a new user, so I really can't recommend strongly enough that you skim through the help centre to learn how things work around here. A quick glance through some of the meta questions in the category might be helpful too.


Questions get upvoted & downvoted by readers, based on whether they think the question is a good one or not.

Hovering over the up/down buttons gives you a quick summary of the criteria:

This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear

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