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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. This is intended for use in cases where the validity of a flag is ambiguous.

Currently, the following scenarios may result in a flag being disputed:

  • A spam or offensive flag which is cleared (but not declined) by a moderator. These flags are unique in that they can impose lasting penalties on both the post and author, so a special mechanism is provided for them to be cleared without penalizing either the author or the flagger.
  • A Not An Answer flag or Very Low Quality flag is reviewed in the Low Quality review queue, and the result of the review is "Looks OK".
  • A Recommend Close flag is active on a post reviewed in the Triage review queue when the result of the review is "Looks OK".
  • A Spam, Offensive, or Very Low Quality flag is active on a post reviewed in the Triage review queue when the result of the review is "Should be Improved".

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
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 '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
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
@starsplusplus For that, see What is the difference between disputed and declined flags? – user259867 Jan 4 '15 at 2:04
......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 '15 at 23:25

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