What are the differences when a post is

  1. deleted by Community ♦ for having 6 spam flags from regular users or one spam flag from a ♦ moderator (and consequently, locked by the Community user)
  2. deleted by methods other than red-flag-nuking (by ♦, 20k+ users or by Community ♦ through user deletion/destruction), with pending spam flags manually approved by ♦ moderators

One thing I know is that the -100 rep penalty is not applied on case 2, but what else?


If a post is deleted by spam flags:

  • the post is deleted by Community1 and locked
  • users who can see deleted posts2 see a message that this was deleted as spam or offensive, and they have to click a link to see the text
  • the user gets -100 rep
  • the information feeds an IP block

If a post is deleted by a moderator or three 20k users or from review:

  • the post is deleted by named users
  • if there were "enough" validated red flags, users see the warning message/link; if not, they see the text
  • it doesn't affect reputation or the IP block

I believe "enough" is two rather than one, but I'm not certain. As a moderator I am careful to flag-delete spam rather than just deleting it, and I advise other moderators on my teams to do likewise.

1 If any users cast delete votes, their names appear here too (with Community casting the final vote).

2 Except moderators, who always see the post.

  • So no automatic punishment is applied if a post has its spam flags manually validated by a ♦? – Meta Bug Wizard Oct 17 '18 at 0:18
  • Right -- the post has to actually be deleted by spam flags to impose the penalties. A moderator who agrees with a spam flag should add a spam flag, not just mark the flag helpful. – Monica Cellio Oct 17 '18 at 0:19
  • There can be a combined situation, when high-rep user already voted to delete, and then post has been deleted as spam by flagging. In the result the list of users which votes contains both: high-rep user and Community user. – αλεχολυτ Jan 21 at 9:27
  • @älёxölüt thanks; good point. I've edited that in. – Monica Cellio Jan 21 at 16:58

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