in reply to Guidance for a beginner with a bad reputation
I would not worry about it. You can't call yourself "seasoned" unless you have a few things downvoted.
Some of the best discussions I have read had the original post severly downvoted. One of the others mentions that is should not be down voted and people start upvoting.
Don't be afraid of the ramifications of your post, we all learn from "stupid" questions or comments.
Keep in mind that a PerlMonks Sainthood and $1.25 can get you a cup of coffee.