I just started to review posts in Stack Overflow. By this page, I know why flagging is important. But:

  1. Does it have any impact on my reputation?
  2. What is the impact on my profile if I have a lot of helpful or declined flag?
  1. No
  2. None (kinda ... except for badges ... and flag counts visible to you)

All it really achieves is help keeping the site clean, friendly, useful, etc. In the event of a moderator election and you nominating yourself it might be useful to have a good flag count and helpful percentage. But that's about it.

It's more about helping to keep the site be something you want to come back to, rather than directly doing something for your own profile.

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    There are a few badges to be earned, but one is super easy (just flag one thing), the other relatively hard and (500 helpful flags). You better be doing it for the good of the site, not the badge, by that time. – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '14 at 15:54
  • Oops, I skipped over Deputy, at 80 helpful flags. But again, you should be flagging to be helpful, not to hunt for a badge. – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '14 at 16:00
  • In summary "There's this badge, ooh and that one, and another ... IGNORE THE BADGES" @MartijnPieters :p – Bart Nov 26 '14 at 16:02
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    Well, badges have an impact on the profile, so your item 2 is not strictly true. – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '14 at 16:05
  • Addressed @MartijnPieters. I wouldn't want to lose valuable MSE rep. – Bart Nov 26 '14 at 16:09
  • I agree with @MartijnPieters. and why you earn bonus flag per 10 helpful flag and not losing flag when you have more declined flag?! – Nima Soroush Nov 26 '14 at 16:09
  • @NimaSoroush: see On the recent changes to flagging and limits, you do lose available flags if you get flags declined. – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '14 at 16:13
  • @MartijnPieters: but it doesn't means that you can reach to 0 or minus flag when you have just declined flag. right? – Nima Soroush Nov 26 '14 at 16:18
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    You probably will be banned from flagging long before anyway. – Bart Nov 26 '14 at 16:20
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    @NimaSoroush: no, you won't go below 10. You can be banned from flagging if you push it far enough. – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '14 at 16:20

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