...particularly if you have a lot of reputation or you down-vote frequently?
According to the help page:
Voting down answers is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free.
Yet it costs only 1 point to down-vote an answer and you can do 30 a day (with a reputation of >=125). If a user has a good chunk of reputation, then this is not reinforcing the statement above.
- Should down-voting an answer cost more than 1 point (for everyone)?
- Should how much reputation you have factor into the cost of a down-voting an answer?
- Should how many times you've down-voted (total or in a given period) factor into the cost of down-voting an answer?
I have a perception that there is a significant amount of spurious or unjustified down-voting of answers. Whilst this will never go away and perhaps I should just accept that "this is how it works", it does make me feel less inclined to take the time to write answers and engage with the site. Particularly whilst it is not necessary to identify yourself as a down-voter, nor provide feedback on how to improve answers.