This question is similar to: Why there isn't reputation points for successful flagging? , but with a small refinement,

  • only first flag will get +2 reputation
  • only accepted and committed flag will get the reward (this is: question got closed as duplicate, for example)
  • only 'exact duplicate' and 'offtopic -> move to other sub-site..' flags will be eligible for bonus.


  • there is a high volume of newbie questions appearing each day, which are already answered, sometimes answered at epic level.
  • because answering such question can give a person +25 reputation from the noob, not counting random by-passers' good will - people are not very willing to mark such questions as duplicate, and sometimes deliberately copy-paste answers from older duplicates.
  • offensive, spammy or retarded questions are downvoted with passion anyway, so there is no need to additionally reinforce users to do that ;)
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    @lunboks indeed, a duplicate. – c69 Jan 29 '12 at 16:14
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    Oh, the irony... – user102937 Jan 29 '12 at 16:16
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    So, do I get +2 for copy/pasting lunboks's link into the close box? :) – Mat Jan 29 '12 at 16:34
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    @Mat Well, to be fair, it'd have to reward the guy who cast the first stone, be it flag or vote. Otherwise, an enterprising 10k user could just write a script that blindly follows up every dupe flag from the queue with an automatic close vote (if it would be the first one). – a cat Jan 29 '12 at 16:42