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Think of your reputation like money. You earn it to spend it. :)

The 1 point negative on answers discourages casual down votes but it is a trivial price to pay when an answer really deserves it. I tend to save those votes for spam and answeranswers with blatantly wrong or even dangerous information/recommendations. And that is probably the most direct answer I have: "Because some answers just deserve it and you owe it to the community to do your part when an answer really is terrible". I just can't let an answer slide when I know that it introduces problems-- potential vectors for attack, long term headaches due to the use of deprecated functions of Core hacks, etc.

Honestly, most people who show up here have no idea what they are doing and will copy paste anything. Those of us who do know what we are doing need to keep a check on the bad code. Maybe that is just me...

A fair percent of truly bad answers are deleted and you get your rep back and the Stack is heavily biased towards gaining reputation anyway. You have to work very, very hard not to gain rep over time.

Think of your reputation like money. You earn it to spend it. :)

The 1 point negative on answers discourages casual down votes but it is a trivial price to pay when an answer really deserves it. I tend to save those votes for spam and answer blatantly wrong or even dangerous information/recommendations. And that is probably the most direct answer I have: "Because some answers just deserve it and you owe it to the community to do your part when an answer really is terrible". I just can't let an answer slide when I know that it introduces problems-- potential vectors for attack, long term headaches due to the use of deprecated functions of Core hacks, etc.

Honestly, most people who show up here have no idea what they are doing and will copy paste anything. Those of us who do know what we are doing need to a check on the bad code. Maybe that is just me...

A fair percent of truly bad answers are deleted and you get your rep back and the Stack is heavily biased towards gaining reputation anyway. You have to work very, very hard not to gain rep over time.

Think of your reputation like money. You earn it to spend it. :)

The 1 point negative on answers discourages casual down votes but it is a trivial price to pay when an answer really deserves it. I tend to save those votes for spam and answers with blatantly wrong or even dangerous information/recommendations. And that is probably the most direct answer I have: "Because some answers just deserve it and you owe it to the community to do your part when an answer really is terrible". I just can't let an answer slide when I know that it introduces problems-- potential vectors for attack, long term headaches due to the use of deprecated functions of Core hacks, etc.

Honestly, most people who show up here have no idea what they are doing and will copy paste anything. Those of us who do know what we are doing need to keep a check on the bad code. Maybe that is just me...

A fair percent of truly bad answers are deleted and you get your rep back and the Stack is heavily biased towards gaining reputation anyway. You have to work very, very hard not to gain rep over time.

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Think of your reputation like money. You earn it to spend it. :)

The 1 point negative on answers discourages casual down votes but it is a trivial price to pay when an answer really deserves it. I tend to save those votes for spam and answer blatantly wrong or even dangerous information/recommendations. And that is probably the most direct answer I have: "Because some answers just deserve it and you owe it to the community to do your part when an answer really is terrible". I just can't let an answer slide when I know that it introduces problems-- potential vectors for attack, long term headaches due to the use of deprecated functions of Core hacks, etc.

Honestly, most people who show up here have no idea what they are doing and will copy paste anything. Those of us who do know what we are doing need to a check on the bad code. Maybe that is just me...

A fair percent of truly bad answers are deleted and you get your rep back and the Stack is heavily biased towards gaining reputation anyway. You have to work very, very hard not to gain rep over time.