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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 whenever your flag was dismissed as neither helpful or declined, someone reviewed your flag but no conclusive action was taken. It happens in some situations:

  • An edit on a post in the Low Quality Review Queue, will resolve the flags attached to it as disputed.
  • When a post, flagged as NAA or VLQ, enters on the Low Quality Review Queue while being upvoted or accepted, if all reviewers selected "recommend deletion" it will result in a disputed flag.
  • If a post with offensive or spam flags is rolled back or undeleted and the flag dismissed by a moderator.

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

See also: What is the difference between disputed and declined flags?

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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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 '14 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 '14 at 13:11
    
/cc @Shog9 ^ since I'm not sure myself –  Tim Stone Nov 16 '14 at 18:18
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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 '14 at 11:29
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@starsplusplus For that, see What is the difference between disputed and declined flags? –  Normal Human Jan 4 at 2:04
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......huh. This makes me wonder if "disputed" is really the best term. So if the OP edits the post, that counts as a "dispute"? The tag-wiki for "disputed-flags" says "handled and deemed invalid by a 10k user." That hardly seems accurate, based on this answer. –  Kyle Strand Apr 14 at 23:25

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