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I'm referring to this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1293035?tab=votes#tab-top

One user posted 2 definitely spam answers and I flagged them both. (and downvoted them to boot!)

When will they get removed?

Edit: He-he... posted a link to the wrong question.

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@ChrisF: Posted the wrong link... see embarrassing explanation above. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 27 '10 at 0:15
    
Comment about original link removed. –  ChrisF Mar 27 '10 at 0:18
    
Isn't there a 48-hr limit on flags? We should get rid of these sooner rather than later. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 27 '10 at 0:19

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

For each offensive or spam flag, the original poster receives a -2 reputation penalty.

When the post has accumulated a total of six flag (any combination of spam and offensive), the post is chowned to the Community user, locked, and deleted, and the poster receives a -100 reputation penalty (giving a total penalty of -112).

However, I think this entire sum is refunded upon a reputation recalc, which renders the whole exercise somewhat pointless if we ever move to regular recalcs (please someone correct me if I am wrong -- do flags show up on the reputation audit?).

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Not sure about the -2 hit, though it effectively works that way when checking to see if a question should show on the front page. –  random Mar 28 '10 at 1:12
    
I believe reputation lost to downvotes and spam/offensive deletions is never refunded even if the post is deleted. The -2 from each individual flag I'm not sure about; if the flags age away, is the rep refunded? –  mmyers Mar 28 '10 at 1:14
    
@random: if you refresh the page after flagging a post as spam, you will see that the user's rep has gone down by 2. –  Ether Mar 28 '10 at 1:49
    
Always thought that that was due to some 10kers seeing the flagged post and downvoting justly. –  random Mar 28 '10 at 1:54
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the variable here is that the downvotes come from user -1, and those votes disappear if the post does not reach the threshold. The actual final offensive vote, if it does reach the threshold, is immutable and permanent and always counts. –  Jeff Atwood Mar 28 '10 at 2:40

They will be automatically deleted once they accumulate six spam/offensive votes. Also, a moderator might look through the flagged posts and delete the answers manually before that.

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Could one of the moderators do that please? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 27 '10 at 0:21

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