Several minutes ago there was a Question asked on SO, which when originally posted, was just a terrible post, which was hard to determine what was being asked, and there was absolutely no details provided, for which I flagged it as Low-Quality. The OP has less then 10k rep.

This was the entirety of the original post:

I am working on an app which should run only once after the Installation,Even the launcher should be disabled after I quit it

In my Flag-History, I am now seeing that the flag was deemed disputed, and I am confused as to why.

I read that if a post is flagged of low quality, and it is edited, the flags become disputed because they are supposedly supposed to mark questions that are irrecoverable by edits..

The question has since undergone 3 edits by the OP, none of which added much information that would help the community to help them, and the question has also been Closed as not a real question, yet my flag is still marked as disputed..

Does this non-helpful flag have any affect on my flag-history?

  • 3
    I had that twice yet. Don't worry that bad flags won't hurt you.
    – rekire
    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:59
  • I also do not understand why a flag is disputed when 'someone' edits the question. It does not necessarily make the question better. I had a case where some just formatted the stacktrace, which was the entire body of the question.
    – tom
    Mar 1, 2013 at 18:15

2 Answers 2


Does this non-helpful flag have any affect on my flag-history?

It is marked as disputed and displayed alongside accepted and declined. Disputed flags do not affect the flag weight, but if you have a lot of flags declined, then your flags are displayed lower on the review queues for mods.


As far as I know:

  • disputed is at least an other user questions the validity of the flag.
  • declined means, a moderator has declined your flag.

It is no real disaster if some flags are declined.

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    Like he said in his question, VLQ flags get auto-dismissed if the post gets edited. It doesn't require another user to intervene.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:05

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