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In my flagging summary under the statistics, there is 1 flag listed as "disputed".

This is the first time I've ever seen a disputed flag in my summary, so I'm just curious, what is a disputed flag? How would you even dispute a flag? Is this the same as voting a flag as invalid?

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A disputed flag is a flag that was issued on a post that then received an "invalid flag" flag from a user with access to moderator tools. Both the original flag and the flag used to mark it as invalid will be listed as "disputed" in the respective user's flagging summary. Once a flag has been disputed, its state will not be changed by any additional action on the post.

Additionally, an edit on a post will result in any "Very Low Quality" flags attached to it being disputed. This is because "Very Low Quality" flags are intended for posts that are unsalvageable, and an edit to the post suggests that there's a chance it could still be saved.

Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined, regardless of the action taken in response to them.

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what if my "invalid flag" flags are marked as "disputed"? Oh, I'm so confused.... –  The Unhandled Exception Jan 10 '12 at 21:06
And what about this situation: the flag is disputed, but the question turns up to be closed? It would make more sense to me, one of both: either the question cannot be closed, or the disputed flags turns up to be helpful! –  Andre Silva Apr 19 '13 at 19:37
Agree with Andrea Silva. Just had the same situation when I flagged a question and the flag got disputed but some hours later the post was closed anyway. –  mrt May 24 '13 at 13:16
Same here. Flagged a question as low quality and 2 hours later it has been downvoted to -5. Would then say that my dispute was valid, but it still shows as being disputed. –  StBlade Oct 14 '13 at 9:34
"Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined" -- an excellent explanation for this is provided in this answer "There are two issues here that I don't like... So going forward, if flags are disputed, no flag weight -- positive or negative -- will accrue to anyone on that particular post." –  gnat Jan 10 at 15:37
The part about the moderator tools is no longer correct but I'm unsure how disputed now works for NAA in the FPQ/LQQ and what action makes those NAA flags disputed. –  rene Nov 16 at 13:11
/cc @Shog9 ^ since I'm not sure myself –  Tim Stone Nov 16 at 18:18
Reading this answer doesn't help me understand what the difference is between getting a disputed/invalid flag and getting a declined one. –  starsplusplus Dec 10 at 11:29

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