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Flag weight is no longer visible in user profiles, but is still used internally to calculate the number of flags per day. We need a new way to calculate the number of flags each user gets per day. Any suggestions?

Edit: Given that this suggestion was not a good one, perhaps we should rewrite the FAQs to reflect the fact that a hidden flag weight value is used to calculate the number of flags per day?

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Why do we need a new way of calculating that? –  Mat Feb 11 '12 at 16:17
    
I don't think anything needs to be changed at all. –  Andrew Barber Feb 11 '12 at 16:25
    
I wonder how @BoltClock feels about this! ;) –  Andrew Barber Feb 11 '12 at 16:36
    
@Mat: Flags per day should not be based on stats not visible to normal users. –  DragonLord the Fiery Feb 11 '12 at 16:36
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@Andrew Barber: Don't ask. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 11 '12 at 16:39
    
@DragonLord: why not? –  Mat Feb 11 '12 at 16:40
    
Rewarding users flagging correctly is important, and we should not base this reward on invisible values but on stats they can see. Besides, because flag weight increases sub-linearly beyond 500, a bad flag can have a much greater impact on the flag weight than a large number of good flags, diminishing one reward of raising good flags and creating a unnecessary risk of discouraging users with strong flagging records. –  DragonLord the Fiery Feb 11 '12 at 16:49
    
Flag weight was made invisible because making it visible caused very specific problems: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/106614/… Any suggestion to make any flag weight or similar number visible must address these issues. –  Adam Davis Feb 11 '12 at 18:20

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The system calculates the number of flags you're provided internally. As long as you flag correctly, the number of flags you are allotted increases. If you flag badly, that number decreases.

The user can find out how many flags they have available by starting to flag a post - they will see how many flags they have left for that day.

This feature request fails to show how stack overflow will be improved (either in better posts, better flagging, etc) by showing the calculation itself.

If you can demonstrate how this feature would improve stack overflow, then you might gain some traction, but the effort that would be applied to making this more transparent is better spent on other features that would actually improve Stack Overflow.

If anything, this is a navel gazing feature.

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I'm not sure what you mean. –  DragonLord the Fiery Feb 11 '12 at 16:59
    
@DragonLord I've clarified my statement. –  Adam Davis Feb 11 '12 at 17:29

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