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Per this post from Jeff, the Very Low Quality flag:

  1. The VLQ flag now carries a downvote from community. It is like "spam flag lite", meaning, no reputation penalty but like spam, it incurs a downvote from the community user.

  2. If a post is edited, any pending VLQ flags are now cleared (without harm) from the post. It is unclear that a post is still VLQ if it has been edited since it was flagged.

I am not sure if #2 is applying to PostLowQualityAuto flags. I was able to reproduce this by

When I dismissed the flag, the score remained at 0, but when I refreshed the page, it went down to -1.

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  • If I'm reading that right, the flag should've been dismissed by the edit; if that doesn't happen, then your dismissal is the only one that would've applied.
    – Shog9
    Jul 3, 2013 at 18:11
  • @Shog9 Yeah, I am kinda confused. I think this may have started within the last few weeks.
    – mpdonadio
    Jul 3, 2013 at 18:13

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