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When I tried to flag a question for moderator attention, even though I just flag once, it took away two of my flags. At first, it said that I have 11 flags, but when I flagged the question, it said I have 9 flags, so why did it take away two flags?

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I just tested on this question (sorry mods), and it only took away one vote for me. What does your flagging history show (click "Helpful flags" on your profile)?.. does it show only one vote or two? –  Matt May 20 '13 at 23:00
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@hammar: That's almost certainly what it is. I declined the OP's last moderator flag. –  Robert Harvey May 20 '13 at 23:43
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@hammar: It is definitely still used to determine how many flags you get. See here. –  animuson May 21 '13 at 0:18
    
@Robert looks like this should be status-bydesign then? –  Shadow Wizard May 21 '13 at 6:18
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up vote 15 down vote accepted

The number of flags you have per day depends on your flag weight, which is a hidden number that increases when your flags get marked as "helpful" and decreases when they are rejected.

What likely happened here (as confirmed by Robert Harvey in a comment) is that while you were flagging, a moderator rejected one of your other flags, pushing your flag weight down enough for you to lose a flag.

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