Today on Stack Overflow I came across a question which was, I don't know why, filled with profanity in comments and logs. There were so many instances of those foul words that it discouraged me to involve any of my little programming knowledge that I have in answering the question.

I flagged the question Offensive in full awareness of the severity of the flag. The flag was deemed helpful. Then somebody more sensible then me edited the question and changed the foul words to "censored". My flag was disputed.

I understand that flags are to draw moderators' attention and should be used with care and sense of responsibility. My question is: does a disputed flag affect my profile in a negative way in front of SO members and moderators?

Edit: I understand the literal effect of a disputed flag. It means flag was neither helpful nor declined. But it does imply that I blamed some body of very serious mistake and my blame did not stand other moderators' scrutiny. All I wanted to know was: Is the presence of disputed flag is frowned upon by members and moderators?

  • Is this the post in question? stackoverflow.com/questions/20114502/… Nov 21, 2013 at 12:35
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    @gnat I went through it but it does not talk about effect on my profile...for example you are not guilty after serving term but people are still suspicious of you kind of scenario...
    – amar
    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:38
  • as far as I can tell, answer in dupe directly addresses your question: "Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined, regardless of the action taken in response to them."
    – gnat
    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:58
  • Yes, now you have to eat worms.
    – user1228
    Nov 21, 2013 at 19:20

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Not too much. Disputed/declined flags are visible on your profile to moderators, but they're not considered a big black mark.

As long as you don't consistently get a lot of declined/disputed flags, you're fine.

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