I just noticed that instead of around 10 inform moderator flags remaining, I now have around 22. Why did the number go up?

  • Was there a sudden jump (ie; you had 10 yesterday, but suddenly you have got 22 flags for today)? Or you just didn't notice it all this while and it has gradually went up to 22?
    – Aditya
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 8:54
  • i'm almost sure there was a sudden jump.
    – strugee
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 9:00
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    Are you sure you're not just mixing up meta flags and main flags? Flag count depends on the ratio of helpful flags, and (at higher counts) reputation - this means meta flags and main flags are calculated independently (their helpful flag counts are different).
    – user98085
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 10:39

1 Answer 1


As per this meta.SO post, the flag count is calculated as:

  • default 10 per day
  • one bonus flag per 2000 reputation
  • one bonus flag per 20 "flag weight" above the default
  • maximum 100

"Flag weight", although it has been removed from the UI, still exists in the backend. It's calculated as such:

  • start at 100
  • +10 for a flagged post (+5 for a comment) that we did something about (or was basically valid)
  • -10 for a flagged post (-5 for a comment) that we suppressed as invalid
  • min 0, max 750 (but non-linear above 500)
  • IMPORTANT CHANGE - if you flag so consistently badly that you reach 0 weight, flags will be suppressed

Therefore, if your flag weight has risen way beyond 100, you already get many new flags every day. :)

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    I've been at 44 for like... eons.
    – Seth
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 15:10
  • @Seth: The count of 100 includes Spam and Offensive Flags... Your total available flags should be 80+ by now (including Spam and Offensive ones)...
    – Aditya
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 15:39
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    @Aditya Ahh, OK. I just got 45 regular and I have 40 spam, so yeah I have about ~85ish.
    – Seth
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 19:45

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