On one site (Stack Overflow), I have 211 disputed flags and 333 helpful flags. That is, I have more than half as many disputed flags as helpful flags. 38% of my non-pending, non-aged-away post flags are disputed.

I know disputed flags don't count against me, but are these statistics indicative of a problem with my flagging behavior? Only 5 of my flags have been declined, but a lot of the flags I raise are in the Triage queue, and I think I remember reading that Triage flags can't get declined. I don't have enough rep to review close votes, so these answers don't apply.

Am I too trigger-happy with flags, or is something else going on here?

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    Triage flags can be declined, although it's not all that common. Much more common is the auto-disputation if the Triage result comes up Looks OK, which used to also include Should Be Improved. If you routinely review in Triage, hundreds of disputed flags are the norm. (Having so few helpful flags relative to those disputed flags is a bit less common.) Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 2:33
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    Since this is specific to Stack Overflow you might get better responses on Meta Stack Overflow.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 15:51
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    @ɥʇǝS I'm not sure if it actually is SO-specific; disputed flags can appear outside of Triage. But then again, it'd be hard to get this many disputed flags without Triage. Hmm.
    – Ben N
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 17:00
  • Yes but whether you are using the flags right is highly site specific so..
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 17:17


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