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There was an answer to this question that was blaitent advertizing, and as many other people, I downvoted it and flagged it.

When this 'answer' is deleted will the rep from the downvotes be restored? Are we meant to downvote these answers?

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Downvotes on questions no longer cost the casting user 1 reputation, so they are effectively “free”.

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/06/optimizing-for-pearls-not-sand/

Downvoting these answers is certainly a good idea to make sure they stay at the bottom until we (the moderators) get a chance to see the flag and delete the answer. Whether you downvote or not, make sure to flag it so that we are made aware of it.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I know, the question was about the answer that was downvoted. Is the rep restored when the moderator removes it? \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Connell Jul 5 '11 at 14:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ah. In that case, I'm not certain but see this answer which indicates that the rep is restored when the answer is deleted (and the answer is written by a SO moderator). \$\endgroup\$ – Ricket Jul 5 '11 at 14:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oki doki, thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Connell Jul 5 '11 at 15:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ According to that answer, rep is restored upon the next rep-recalc, not when the answer is deleted. \$\endgroup\$ – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 9 '11 at 9:27

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