I absolutely loathe the fact that I have to link to this garbage answer to explain what I did because it is spam.

What I did in this order:

  • Flagged the answer as spam
  • Downvoted the answer
  • Upvoted the answer (I know..I know..it was accident I swear)
  • Downvoted the answer again to correct the mistake

When I did this the score changed like this:

  • 0
  • -1
  • 0
  • -2

So seeing the score go from 0 to -2 was a little odd so I started upvoting and downvoting again to see what happens. Maybe someone else downvoted it too so I wanted to see if that was the case. When I did this the score always switched between 0 and -2. I opened up a new browser and went back to the answer and tried again. It was still switching between 0 and -2.

So is this a bug or does my vote carry more weight because I flagged it or what? My hunch is that someone else probably downvoted at nearly the same time and perhaps that is what got things messed up, but obviously I do not know for sure.


Part of the confusion stems from flagging as spam has an implicit -1 vote (thanks animuson), but it does not get immediately reflected in the score; at least it did not for me. So when I downvoted the score went to -1 on my screen even though in reality it was actually -2. Then when I upvoted it went from -2 to 0 (like you would expect) except that I saw it transition from -1 to 0 and that's what got me twisted up into thinking pressing the up button retracts the down vote when in reality it switches to an upvote for a +2 gain. So if there is a bug it is that flagging as spam does not show up in the score immediately.

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    A spam flag has an implicit -1, and you can downvote the post on top of that, so yes, you can "downvote a post twice." – animuson Sep 22 '13 at 2:20
  • @icktoofay: Ah, yeah, you are absolutely right. I was thinking clicking the up button while the down button is orange retracts the vote, but it actually switches it to an upvote. – Brian Gideon Sep 22 '13 at 2:21
  • @animuson: Ah..I see. And then of course, like my previous comment pointed out, pressing the up button does not retract, but instead switches to an upvote. That is why it bounces between 0 and -2. So clearly this question can be disregarded. I think part of the confusion for me was that flagging as spam does not immediately show in the score. Again, not a big deal. – Brian Gideon Sep 22 '13 at 2:24
  • We might need a community manager or developer to check the database for a true answer. – Undo Sep 22 '13 at 2:48
  • @Undo Check for what? – animuson Sep 22 '13 at 4:24
  • @animuson Before this was attributed to a spam flag, I figured we would need someone to check the flags DB. – Undo Sep 22 '13 at 4:25

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