# Will implicit down-vote affect my reputation?

Sorry for misusing term reputation

I've observed that some flags (I don't remember which!)(If not all) Cast an implicit down-vote on post (again, I'm not sure about questions or answers). Will that down-vote which I didn't cast show up in my down-vote count? (And this was the reputation I was talking about)

– robjohn Mod
Nov 6 '14 at 13:47
• @robjohn No it's not about rep (points)
– user190024
Nov 6 '14 at 13:51
• The flags that cause $-100$ reputation are not downvotes (though the system may impose a downvote). Besides, since you didn't cast a downvote, no downvote will show up on your profile for flagging a post.
– robjohn Mod
Nov 6 '14 at 13:55

The only flags that work this way are Spam and Offensive/Abusive. When a user casts one of these flags, a downvote is automatically given by the Community bot. It is not your vote: it does not show up on the /votes tab of your profile, and you cannot undo it.

Usual reminder to be extra careful with these flags: they are meant exactly for what they are named for. Commercial advertisement (e.g., selling skin care products), offensive tirades, cat-on-keyboard posts.

• What do you mean by "cat-on-keyboard posts" and how should they be flagged?
– quid Mod
Nov 6 '14 at 16:23
• @quid Example: dfojaifojadiofjadhigaowkokaomdiovnuiyhiio. If someone is abusing the site by posting gibberish, flag it as such.
– user147263
Nov 6 '14 at 16:25
• Thanks for the clarification. The question this raises is if each post of this form is somebody abusing the site. (Shog9 is not quite clear here.) Personally I would hesitate to flag this as offensive if it came once from an account that seems legitimate.
– quid Mod
Nov 6 '14 at 16:31
• I would look into it deeper if such a post came from an account with >1 reputation. So far, this hasn't been observed by me.
– user147263
Nov 6 '14 at 16:36
• Ah, I usually flag the cat-on-keyboard kind of answers as low quality. I think this flag description fits better than that for the abusive, but I can change... Nov 6 '14 at 18:12
• Also, I love the fact that you copied the example verbatim from the linked meta question, @Rafflesiaarnoldii Nov 6 '14 at 19:52
• @DanielR It's not copied verbatim; there are a few subtle differences. Yes, flagging is subjective (as Shog9 acknowledges in comments there), and VLQ is definitely a valid flag.
– user147263
Nov 7 '14 at 0:05