I noticed yesterday that the -1 for down voting an answer is still in effect, as ChrisF pointed out it was the -1 for down voting questions that was removed.
My question is, should the -1 down voting reputation loss be removed on answers as well?
I think that the points made in regards to improving participation and quality that applied to questions also apply to answers. Additionally since there is an observed trend that answers generate more votes than questions, is it reasonable to infer that we might see higher quality answers rising?
I bring this up with no axe to grind, I have observed some answers that were upvoted perhaps due to humour or entertainment value above more "correct" answers. This would, perhaps, encourage more users to exercise their vote for quality.
I would be genuinely interested in hearing opinions on this.