No. Downvoting does carry a penalty; you lose 1 point every time you downvote someone (no matter the rank of that person).
And if you happen to have the bad luck to start off with a bad reputation then it's impossible to get a good reputation.
Because other users can downvote your posts without getting a penalty themselves.
If someone has a red number then you dont even need to read it just downvote before reading it since you dont take a penalty for doing that.
In order for your reputation to get so low, other members have "spent" hundreds of points of their own reputation. You also down-vote a huge number of posts yourself, when anyone disagrees with you, which obviously lowers your own rating.You've got that backwards. You receive so many down-votes because people do read your posts.
but it is a bit sad that people judge me before reading my posts just because they see the red number.
I don't quite understand how you do it, but we're always getting complaints about you specifically, as people always seem to think you're trolling. I've actually stepped to your defence in these matters and argued that you are honestly not aware of how offensive you often are, and aren't deliberately trolling...
Ok it seems I have got one little point wrong that they do get negative rep for downvoting a negative rep user.
But there is still a lot of other points in my OP.
And you view on that they downvote me because they read my posts..
What do you think about they alrady have a bad mindset/judged me as bad reading my reply already expecting it to be bad because they say me negative rep first?
I also am noticing that this thread is turning into a discussion aimed at me when it should be about the reputation system.
edit because i think a lot of stuff in hindsight hehehe
but about me being offensive..
you are correct that I probably dont realise it a lot of the times.
one of my warnings on this forum is because I started off a reply with "you are wrong" and then I followed it up with a lengthy paragraph with my arguements and reasoning why I believe he was wrong.
That is really suprising to me and I dont see how that is offensive but ok. O_O