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When spam is removed, do I get my down ticks back?

If not, then it is not worth down voting a spam question.

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You're suppose to flag, not downvote – Yi Jiang Nov 2 '10 at 14:38
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You will if you request a reputation recalculation – ChrisF Nov 2 '10 at 14:39
    
Ah, flag them. Thanks. – David Allan Finch Nov 2 '10 at 14:50
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@YiJiang, nothing wrong with doing both. Downvotes will help the post drop out of view faster while spam flags accumulate, and may contribute to the "poor quality posts" algorithm. – Pops Nov 2 '10 at 15:13

Reputation is not (usually) automatically recalculated. So you won't see your score increase after the question is deleted. If you look at http://www.stackoverflow.com/reputation you'll see your "real" score, which will properly account for the deleted question (you'll get your points back).

If you want your reputation recalculated, email team@stackoverflow.com or flag your question for moderator attention and ask for a recalc.

Be advised that recalcs will also remove points for upvoted posts that were deleted, so your score might actually go down.

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thanks for your answer. did not know about recalcs. – David Allan Finch Nov 2 '10 at 14:58

From the meta.rpg.stackexchange post:

Don't

  • vote to close them; you're wasting your close votes.
  • downvote it. The user likely has no rep, and you lose a point for nothing.

Flagging is the way to go!

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