I was reviewing flags and I found this answer flagged as not an answer. I disagree with the flag, so I marked the post as having invalid flags.
The outcome is
disputed - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it
If my understanding is correct, the following things happened
- a user flagged the answer (flag 1)
- I marked it as having invalid flags (flag 2)
- a moderator reviewed it, and rejected flag 1
- this has the effect of marking both flags as disputed
Clearly my flag was helpful, whereas the first one was not.
Now, I know this kind of situation is a fairly discussed topic, but I always thought the "monolithic" rejection/acceptance of flags would only cause some discrepancies and I can put up with that (even though it's really confusing).
However it looks like this is not a chance, rather a certainty: whenever I flag a post as having invalid flags and a moderator reviews the flag, it is impossible for my contribution to be marked as helpful.
Is my claim true? If yes, I find it an awful design choice, as it's basically discouraging people from reporting invalid flags.