Yet another flag status question...

However I've read that:

  1. A flag's status will never change once it has been set.

    From: Can I get rid of “disputed” flag stat, if it turned out to be correct

And I've also found that when:

  1. A spam or "rude or abusive" flag is cleared (but not declined) by a moderator [results] in a flag being disputed. [...] This can also be done retroactively, in which case the outcome will change from helpful to disputed. (*)

    From: What is a disputed flag?
    (*) Notice this was recently edited in by an anonymous user .

So, which is it?

  • Was there a change in this behaviour?

  • Provided the status could actually change, how exactly is it that it's done retroactively? Does it mean a moderator is allowed to change spam/abusive flag from helpful to cleared?

  • Are there any other paths where a flag status would be modified after it has been set?

  • 2
    related: Can a declined flag be made helpful flag later by Moderator? "No actions will change the status... Except for spam and rude-or-offensive flags; because these flags can incur a 100 point penalty to the author and apply anti-spam measures to an account, moderators can mark all such flags on a post as 'disputed' (regardless of their current state). Once such flags are marked disputed, they can't then again be changed to helpful or rejected."
    – gnat
    May 12, 2017 at 12:15
  • @gnat That's it, thank you. I believe that answers my question completely.
    – Mariano
    May 12, 2017 at 12:41
  • duplicate is at another site (MSO) - no way to close
    – gnat
    May 12, 2017 at 12:43
  • 2
    I've just edited that answer to include this information. It can now be marked as duplicate.
    – Mariano
    May 12, 2017 at 13:27


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