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Flagging a post as spam/offensive makes the Community user downvote that post.

Does the same thing happen with the "very low quality" flag?

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The Community user downvotes a post with no upvotes if a moderator marks a VLQ flag helpful (example, requires 10k on Workplace). (I was puzzled the first time I saw this happen.) Community does not vote just because a flag is raised, unlike with spam. It appears that the automatic downvote doesn't happen if a VLQ flag is validated through the review queue (example).

It's rare for a helpful VLQ flag to not end in deletion (at which point the vote doesn't really matter any more), but it happens.

  • Are you sure this is still happening? The flag is marked helpful as soon as the first reviewer recommends deletion of the post, and I personally have never seen this happen. Here is an example of a deleted post with score 0; here is another one which is not yet deleted, but at least one person did already. – Glorfindel Jul 29 '16 at 13:54
  • Hmm, I wonder if it requires that mod action validates the flag? I can't see deleted SO posts; can you confirm that there are no upvotes there? It's votes, not net score, that matters. (I'll see if I can test later when not using SE on a phone. ) – Monica Cellio Jul 29 '16 at 14:00
  • No votes at all on these posts: i.stack.imgur.com/ABwMM.png i.stack.imgur.com/3435v.png – Glorfindel Jul 29 '16 at 14:02
  • I just tested this on this post, which was +0/-2 with a VLQ flag. I validated the flag (through the flag interface) and the post went to -3. (I'll come back and delete it later, after we're done with science.) – Monica Cellio Jul 29 '16 at 14:40
  • OK, it could be very well different for moderators validating a flag. I'm just a mere mortal with a bunch of rep points :) – Glorfindel Jul 29 '16 at 14:42
  • Thanks for the science. I've edited. – Monica Cellio Jul 29 '16 at 14:46
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    The down vote probably counts towards an answer ban after it's deleted however, so I think it does matter, at least a little. – Laurel Jul 31 '16 at 0:40
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Nope. Try for yourself; it shouldn't be hard (on Stack Overflow) to find a post which warrants a Low Quality flag. Flagging won't change the post score.

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