A long, long time ago there once was a user who asked about the difference between disputed and declined flags.

And it references an answer that explains what a disputed flag is.

From that post I quote:

Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined

Is it correct to assume that disputed posts also don't count towards a flag ban?

I know the exact algorithm is a trade secret but I love the risk asking...

  • Please don't use "long long time ago" for something that has happened two years ago! Nov 16, 2014 at 13:59
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    @JanDvorak But...it feels like ages...
    – rene
    Nov 16, 2014 at 14:00
  • According to this it seems that disputed flags count against the flag ban: meta.stackexchange.com/a/175405/194047 Nov 16, 2014 at 14:15
  • What sentence do you believe syas that?
    – rene
    Nov 16, 2014 at 14:22
  • "Those who've had 25% or more of their flags declined will see:" - disputed != declined Nov 16, 2014 at 14:42

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Disputed flags don't count towards flag ban.

At present, there is a proposed feature-request by Brad Larson to mark a flag declined instead of disputed if the community unanimously votes against it.

From Brad's proposal:

if these flags are unanimously voted against, mark the flags as "declined" instead of "disputed". I've been seeing some people shotgun flags of this type, since they know that there is no penalty for getting a disputed flag

(emphasis mine)

Also, from psubsee2003's answer on MSO:

Disputed flags may look "not nice" in your flag history but they are effective neutral. They don't count against you in your flag score and hence does not impact the flag ban calculation.

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