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I think a post of mine (now deleted) was unfairly flagged. The guidelines on flagging a post clearly state that it should only be used for something which qualifies as hate speech or abuse.

I mentioned quite clearly in the comments on the post (when it had been flagged twice) that it was a joke referring to a line in a film (and hence not intended as abuse). Unfortunately for me I didn't realize that I ran the risk of losing 100 rep, as I would have just deleted the post at that point.

I'm now 100 points to the bad: tough luck, or is there some procedure of appeal?

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Could you post a link to the question? Those of us with 10K rep can still see the post. – user27414 Nov 6 '09 at 19:51
oxbow, you're taking things too seriously or you're a troll. – Ladybug Killer Nov 6 '09 at 19:54
@John - I'm taking things too seriously. I think one look at my rep would confirm that I'm not a troll – oxbow_lakes Nov 6 '09 at 19:57
Jon B - I can't find the original question - it's not coming up in my answer history and not in any searches either. Presumably I can't re-iterate the profanity as it will get flagged again. – oxbow_lakes Nov 6 '09 at 19:58
@oxbow_lakes: what site was it on? – Kyle Cronin Nov 6 '09 at 20:14
nm, here it is stackoverflow.com/questions/1685779/1687858#1687858 – Kyle Cronin Nov 6 '09 at 20:16
It also says it can be flagged if it's spam. – George Stocker Nov 6 '09 at 20:24
@Kyle: Are you sure that's it? I don't see anything related to a joke or a film in that question. – Jed Smith Nov 6 '09 at 20:47
@Jed: I'm not sure. But oxbow_lakes' rep chart indicates a 100-point loss on this question (scroll to the bottom of the table stackoverflow.com/users/16853?tab=reputationhistory#sort-top) – Kyle Cronin Nov 6 '09 at 20:57
@oxbow_lakes: did you by any change provide a link to the quotes section of imdb? – perbert Nov 6 '09 at 21:04
You know, some people might think that posting three questions to MSO over the same incident was a bit too much. – David Thornley Nov 6 '09 at 21:15
Heck, if I lose 2 rep, I have to go cool off for 8 hours. Compared to me, you're not overreacting! – JavaAndCSharp Jun 25 '11 at 17:42

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I'm going to answer your question in two ways:

  1. Email the team (See link at bottom of the page). They may be willing to restore your rep.
  2. 100 rep is not a big deal in the long run. Hopefully this was a learning experience.
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+1 agreed. Good post. – RSolberg Nov 6 '09 at 19:58
100 points off a rep of 12,580 (at the time of writing) - stackoverflow.com/users/16853/oxbowlakes – ChrisF Nov 6 '09 at 20:02

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