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I have flagged an answer on Drupal Answers as spam; the answer got an automatic down-vote, but the reputation of the user didn't change, while I was used to the reputation being reduced because the automatic down-vote. This is not the first time I have noticed this.

I have looked for a question here on meta, but I didn't find anything. Was this recently changed, or is it supposed to work as before?

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I wanted to close this as a duplicate, but then I realized what you really asked. –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 16 '11 at 10:38
    
Oh, I just realised...You would expect the -1 vote to affect the score immediately but instead it doesn't. I get you now. –  tombull89 Nov 16 '11 at 10:44
    
@Asylum Yeah, I didn't choose a good title. Thanks to you, the title is much better, and less confusing. –  kiamlaluno Nov 16 '11 at 10:45
    
@tombull89 Yes, that is correct. At least, that is what I previously observed. –  kiamlaluno Nov 16 '11 at 10:48
    
@kiamlaluno: Are you sure that there should be an apostrophe by user's and answer's? –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 16 '11 at 10:52
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@Asylum yes, that is correct apostrophe usage for the (singular) possessive form –  Marc Gravell Nov 16 '11 at 11:00
    
@MarcGravell: Oh...I seriously need to start to learn those rules one day... –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 16 '11 at 11:02
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@Asylum Yes, I am sure. It's the same case as in the car's engine. I was once confused by today's news as I thought it was more correct to say today news. –  kiamlaluno Nov 16 '11 at 11:02
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Any flag-related downvote here does not incur a reputation change. It only applies once per post, and only affect's the post's score (not the owner's reputation).

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I took the liberty to add this to the FAQ. –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 16 '11 at 11:01
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