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A few minutes later ...

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After Marc's update:

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You an have a moderator inform you one time. Use it wisely, e.g. for a wakeup call before an important meeting. –  Pëkka Mar 14 '11 at 21:19
You used one too many! Give. It. Back. (: –  Rebecca Chernoff Mar 14 '11 at 21:19
I think someone stole my flags ! –  belisarius Mar 14 '11 at 21:20
@Rebecca, despite repeated exposure to your... "special" brand of smilies, that particular comment makes me think you're frowning angrily every time I see it. –  Pops Mar 14 '11 at 21:34
Looks like another asymptotic bug. From 0 to -0.499999..99 this time. –  Uphill Luge Mar 14 '11 at 21:35
related (though it may be a different issue): see the comment from ire_and_curses here. We've both been at -6 for a while. –  yhw42 Mar 14 '11 at 21:42
@yhw42 I guess it's the same issue –  belisarius Mar 14 '11 at 21:49
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up vote 11 down vote accepted

Isn't this because your available flags vary with your flag weight?

Perhaps it changed and now your total flags are less, but you already spent the equivalent for the old value for the day.

Of course this is speculation that'd need to be confirmed by a dev.

Update: I can confirm that the reverse is true -- I ran out of flags on SO and after my flag weight increased, I had more to use.

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@Juan I am not checking out my flag weight constantly, so perhaps it is as you suggest. –  belisarius Mar 14 '11 at 21:25
That doesn't explain why he could still flag and go from -1 flag remaining to -2 flags. –  ChrisF Mar 14 '11 at 21:26
@Chris, he doesn't say he flagged again, only that a few minutes passed... enough for a mod to dismiss some of his previous flags as invalid. –  jmfsg Mar 14 '11 at 21:27
That's true - I did assume that he could flag. My bad. –  ChrisF Mar 14 '11 at 21:28
I considered suggesting this, but I know it could not have been the answer around the time the Deputy badge was introduced, when I was rapidly growing my flag weight and hit the cap on several days. Of course, there's no predicting what happens for the rest of today, now that the OP has reached negative land. –  Pops Mar 14 '11 at 21:32
@Chris In fact, as my flags was exhausted, I was not able to flag again. (But tried to :D) –  belisarius Mar 15 '11 at 3:06
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Closing as too localized; I expect this relates to:


Yesterday, at around 6:30 UTC, the flag weight algorithm was tweaked, and existing flag-weights refactored. You might have had 740 before-had, and 620 afterwards. The number of available flags depends (in part) on your flag-weight, hence this will have reduced.

And if you'd already spent all the flags available, you could well have spent more than you now theoretically have.

This only impacts yesterday, so I'm not overly concerned... and the UI is, in many ways, entirely correct.

Sigh; ok, to make things simpler, I've changed things to just display 0 if you've gone -ve.

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This can happen under normal conditions though, as I've experienced. Consume your flags, then get enough marked invalid such that your flag weight drops more than 20 and you get into negative flags remaining. –  marcog Mar 15 '11 at 8:58
@marcog oh, sure; we could just report 0 if you really want... –  Marc Gravell Mar 15 '11 at 9:09
@Marc It really doesn't bother me at all, was just commenting on "This only impacts yesterday". –  marcog Mar 15 '11 at 9:12
@Marc Negative and imaginary (ie complex) numbers in several SO ratings could run for an April 1st. joke ... Just imagine -e^(i π) close votes in a question –  belisarius Mar 15 '11 at 11:43
I think it was not related to the alg tweak, but to a mix of good and bad flagging which at a certain time gave as a result that I've been spending more flags than those allowed by my new flag weight. –  belisarius Mar 15 '11 at 11:48
@belisarius almost worth doing on maths.SE just to poke them –  Marc Gravell Mar 15 '11 at 12:05
@belisarius of course, -e^(iπ) is neither negative nor complex... –  Marc Gravell Mar 15 '11 at 12:06
@Marc Of course not. And you know, there are more pretty convoluted ways to display an integer :) –  belisarius Mar 15 '11 at 12:10
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