One of my answers was marked as such with no apparent justification.

This subtracted 100 points from my reputation score. Downvotes are one thing. But marking an answer as spam when it is on topic, was previous upvoted by other users and doesn't promote any particular financial institution seems gratuitous and punitive.

  • Yes, I'm confused as well. Can you link to the answer or at least the question where this happened?
    – C. Ross
    Mar 6, 2013 at 15:27
  • It was this: money.stackexchange.com/a/14722 ... appears to have been a mistake. Mar 6, 2013 at 16:05
  • The post history shows "Community"; doesn't provide any detail why it was flagged. Hmm. I've undeleted & unlocked the answer, but I'm still puzzled. Sorry about this! Mar 6, 2013 at 16:08
  • FWIW, that question has attracted other spam answers. There are two other deleted answers, both spam from Jan 29 and Jan 30. I'd guess somebody flagged the wrong post. Probably me, since I'm the one who marked the question as protected. I'm really sorry about that! Mar 6, 2013 at 16:11
  • .. I am very sorry about this, really! I'll be more careful handling the flags next time. Mar 6, 2013 at 16:35
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    I cleared the spam flags on the answer and it looks like that reversed the reputation penalty. (cc @ChrisW.Rea - there's an option to "clear flags" under the mod menu that apparently works differently than dismissing the flag from the flag queue would. :))
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 6, 2013 at 17:27
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    Yay, reputation returned!!!
    – C. Ross
    Mar 6, 2013 at 17:53
  • @AnnaLear Thank you! Did not know that was available. I appreciate it. Mar 6, 2013 at 18:58
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    Wow that was a super-fast fix. Thanks Chris! Mar 6, 2013 at 19:46


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