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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)

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  • $\begingroup$ Does this Help Center page answer part of your question? $\endgroup$ – robjohn Nov 6 '14 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn No it's not about rep (points) $\endgroup$ – user190024 Nov 6 '14 at 13:51
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Nov 6 '14 at 13:55
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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.

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "cat-on-keyboard posts" and how should they be flagged? $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 6 '14 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Example: dfojaifojadiofjadhigaowkokaomdiovnuiyhiio. If someone is abusing the site by posting gibberish, flag it as such. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Nov 6 '14 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 6 '14 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Nov 6 '14 at 16:36
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    $\begingroup$ 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... $\endgroup$ – Daniel R Nov 6 '14 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I love the fact that you copied the example verbatim from the linked meta question, @Rafflesiaarnoldii $\endgroup$ – Daniel R Nov 6 '14 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Nov 7 '14 at 0:05

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