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Recently I reviewed a post on the Hinduism site and found that it is actually spam. When I flag it as spam, it showed a -1 vote to the post. This usually happens whenever you flag a post as spam, it gets -1 vote (one vote down).

At first I thought that -1 vote might be given by Community ♦, but if the same post is flagged as spam by another user then one more -1 vote is added to the post (-2 votes) and, according to voting rules, the same user cannot perform the same vote cast for the same post (i.e., a single user can not upvote/downvote a post twice/multiple times).

So who actually gives -1 vote to this post?

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  • Flagging as spam has nothing to do with Downvotes. Some users use downvotes to demonstrate the spam others use the "flag as spam" option – Jehof Mar 11 '15 at 12:58
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    @Jehof No, flagging as spam auto-downvotes the post. – user4098326 Mar 11 '15 at 13:00
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    I think it is Community. That account has a lot of privileges that regular user accounts don't have. – Bill the Lizard Mar 11 '15 at 13:01
  • @user4098326. you are right. Each flag carries an implicit downvote for calculating the post's score (it does not affect the caster's reputation). – Jehof Mar 11 '15 at 13:04
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It's absolutely the Community user that owns the auto-downvotes. The normal rule for multiple-voting simply doesn't apply to Community. It gets to cheat the rules like that, since it's not really a normal user (See also, e.g., its having 1 reputation no matter what, its negative user ID, etc.).

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  • Your answer is correct: The reason why it has so many downvotes is because it owns all of the downvotes that are being cast automatically when you flag a post as spam or offensive. – Jehof Mar 11 '15 at 13:11
  • @Jehof plus votes of very active users (with thousands of votes) who ask to delete their account, so the team preserve their voting by transferring to Community account. :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Mar 11 '15 at 13:13
  • All that, and also it auto-downvotes any post with a helpful VLQ flag. Oh, and once upon a time, it auto-downvoted closed questions sometimes, mostly depending on close reason, I think. Community is overall a very negative user. – Billy Mailman Mar 11 '15 at 13:13

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