In How does the “rude or abusive” flag work? I found 2 rules that may conflict:

  1. Each offensive flag counts as a downvote for calculating the post's score.
  2. As offensive flags expire after 48 hours if the thresholds aren't reached.

When a question or an answer is flagged as offensive, less than 6 times in 48 hours, and the flags expire, what will happen to the down-votes? Are they kept or removed?

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The rules don't really conflict, there's just some missing information about what "expire" means in this context.

To answer your specific question, when a flag expires the downvote that it expresses against a post is removed.

As a side note I believe that it is possible for a user to both downvote a post and place an offensive flag against it, meaning a score adjustment of -2. This will revert to -1 if the flag then expires.

  • the downvote that caused by offensive flags will not reduce any score.
    – Charlie
    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:50
  • @Roy, I don't understand what you mean, especially since 擦 isn't rendered on my machine...?
    – DMA57361
    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:52
  • just a mistake.
    – Charlie
    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:55
  • @Roy, yes it will. If you flag a post as offensive then then post's score is reduced by 1, it adds a "virtual downvote" against the post. It's these "virtual downvotes" that are removed if the flag expires.
    – DMA57361
    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:58

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