In my flagging summary under the statistics, there is 1 flag listed as "disputed".

This is the first time I've ever seen a disputed flag in my summary, so I'm just curious, what is a disputed flag? How would you even dispute a flag? Is this the same as voting a flag as invalid?

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A disputed flag is whenever your flag was dismissed as neither helpful nor declined, or someone reviewed your flag but no conclusive action was taken. This is intended for use in cases where the validity of a flag is ambiguous.

Currently, the following scenarios result in a flag being disputed:

  • An active spam or "rude or abusive" flag was cleared (but not declined) by a moderator. These flags are unique in that they can impose lasting penalties on the post and its author, so a special mechanism is provided for borderline flags to be cleared without penalizing the author or the flagger. This can also be done retroactively on already-dismissed flags, if a moderator clears all such flags on the post (both active and dismissed flags).
  • A "not an answer" or "very low quality" flag kicks the post into the Low Quality Posts review queue but the final result of the review was "Looks OK".

Stack Overflow only:

  • A recommend closure flag kicked the post into the Triage review queue, and the result of the review was "Looks OK" or "Needs Editing".
  • A spam, "rude or abusive", or "very low quality" flag kicked the post into the Triage review queue, and the result of the review was "Needs Editing".

Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined, regardless of the action taken in response to them. They do not affect a user's daily flag count and don't count toward flag bans.

See also: What is the difference between disputed and declined flags?

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    what if my "invalid flag" flags are marked as "disputed"? Oh, I'm so confused.... – The Unhandled Exception Jan 10 '12 at 21:06
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    And what about this situation: the flag is disputed, but the question turns up to be closed? It would make more sense to me, one of both: either the question cannot be closed, or the disputed flags turns up to be helpful! – Andre Silva Apr 19 '13 at 19:37
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    Agree with Andrea Silva. Just had the same situation when I flagged a question and the flag got disputed but some hours later the post was closed anyway. – mrt May 24 '13 at 13:16
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    Same here. Flagged a question as low quality and 2 hours later it has been downvoted to -5. Would then say that my dispute was valid, but it still shows as being disputed. – StBlade Oct 14 '13 at 9:34
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    "Disputed flags are considered neither helpful nor declined" -- an excellent explanation for this is provided in this answer "There are two issues here that I don't like... So going forward, if flags are disputed, no flag weight -- positive or negative -- will accrue to anyone on that particular post." – gnat Jan 10 '14 at 15:37
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    The part about the moderator tools is no longer correct but I'm unsure how disputed now works for NAA in the FPQ/LQQ and what action makes those NAA flags disputed. – rene Nov 16 '14 at 13:11
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    /cc @Shog9 ^ since I'm not sure myself – Tim Stone Nov 16 '14 at 18:18
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    Reading this answer doesn't help me understand what the difference is between getting a disputed/invalid flag and getting a declined one. – starsplusplus Dec 10 '14 at 11:29
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    @starsplusplus For that, see What is the difference between disputed and declined flags? – user259867 Jan 4 '15 at 2:04
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    ......huh. This makes me wonder if "disputed" is really the best term. So if the OP edits the post, that counts as a "dispute"? The tag-wiki for "disputed-flags" says "handled and deemed invalid by a 10k user." That hardly seems accurate, based on this answer. – Kyle Strand Apr 14 '15 at 23:25
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    @KyleStrand The tag wiki recently got updated in Jun 17'17 and I think now covers your point correctly. – Gaurang Tandon Mar 8 '18 at 3:10
  • @GaurangTandon Oh good, that's much better. ("Disputed" is probably still not the best name, but it's not a big deal.) – Kyle Strand Mar 8 '18 at 17:47
  • I'm still missing the last part of the process here: what do "disputed" flags become? Do they just stay "disputed" forever? Or they may become "declined" or "helpful" later, at some point, for some reason? – iago-lito Sep 17 '18 at 8:49

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