The title sums up my question nicely: does flagging ever affect anyone's rep?

More specifically, if I flag a post as anything will the flagged user lose reputation at all? I know some flags, such as reasons to close, or not an answer, don't affect rep. However, I vaguely recall reading somewhere that sometimes, flags can remove rep or something (I can't find it anywhere though). Is this true or am I just imagining things?

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A successful spam or offensive flag will incur a 100 reputation penalty to the user who posted the content, where successful is defined as a total of six flags on that post from different users. The penalty can be reversed by moderators.

  • So it has to be flagged by six users, rather than just deemed helpful?
    – Luke_0
    Aug 5, 2012 at 19:47
  • Yes, unless the moderator also explicitly flags as spam or offensive, and not just marks it helpful.
    – waiwai933
    Aug 5, 2012 at 19:48
  • I wonder where I saw this?...
    – Luke_0
    Aug 5, 2012 at 19:52
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    There's also the automatic downvote if a question is closed as, I think, Off Topic or Not Constructive.
    – user10893
    Aug 5, 2012 at 20:36
  • Really. I always thought the mods just did that manually because of some protocol or something.
    – Luke_0
    Aug 5, 2012 at 21:38
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    I was mistaken -- if a question is Off Topic or Not a Real Question, it will get a downvote from the Community user.
    – user10893
    Aug 5, 2012 at 22:34
  • Does this 100-point penalty get factored in to rep recalculation on suspended users?
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Aug 5, 2012 at 22:50
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    @AndrewLeach The 100-point penalty applies also to suspended users. As usual, the reputation for suspended users is recalculated when suspension ends; at the point, if they had a post that was marked as spam, or offensive by the necessary number of users, they get 100 points detracted from their reputation.
    – apaderno
    Aug 6, 2012 at 10:54

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