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Earlier today, before I had flagged anything, my flag weight was 637 (and change). After the admins had checked all my flags, they went up to 648 (and change). And now (I haven't flagged anything else), it's down to 628 (and change).

What causes the flag weight to drop so precipitously when nothing has changed? Is this a bug?


MMyers points out that I had two flags marked Invalid today, out of the 16 I had cast. Two invalid flags take out a lot more than 14 valid flags give. Does anyone have a link to the formula used by Stack Exchange to measure flag weight?

Edit: It appears that the formula (after a fashion) is available here.

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Windy days can causes flags to fluctuate. – JNK Jul 12 '11 at 16:01
FLAG WEIGHTS! Slowly I turned... Step, by step. Inch by inch... – Won't Jul 12 '11 at 16:09
Remember that flags on comments also affect flag weight, even though they're not shown in your "invalid" flag totals. – Cody Gray Jul 13 '11 at 0:21

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I see two invalid flags for you today, so I'm guessing that not all your flags had actually been checked when you were at 648.

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So two invalid flags wipe out the 'weight' earned by 14 valid flags? Not just wipe it, but take it even lower than it was before? – George Stocker Jul 12 '11 at 17:14
@George: correct. – user7116 Jul 12 '11 at 17:21
@George Stocker: For reference, meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=%5Bflag-weight%5D+unfair – mmyers Jul 12 '11 at 17:33

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