I just flagged, for the first time, a recent question as an advert.

I noticed that, when I did, it said that I had 9 flags left.

Could someone explain to me or point me to info about how flags work and at what rate they replenish?

I did read a few other questions but didn't really see anything that covered this.

I don't expect to flag very often, just curious about the mechanics.


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    I think they refill daily. I think the more rep you have the more you get per day.
    – Colin D
    Mar 4, 2014 at 21:08

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Flags are rate-limited so you only flag important issues and don't flood moderators and review queues alike with mundane problems.

The amount of flags you get depends primarily on reputation and helpful flag count:

How many flags do I have?
When you start out, you are allotted 10 flags per day. This number may increase to up to 100 flags per day:

  • You get one bonus flag per 2000 reputation.
  • You are awarded additional bonus flags when you flag correctly - one bonus flag for every ten net helpful flags (helpful flags minus declined flags).

Flag limits, like most other metrics on the site, reset at midnight UTC.

  • Thanks! This is very helpful. I appreciate it.
    – Catija
    Mar 4, 2014 at 21:15

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