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tl;dr: no, a flag's status will never change once it has been set. There are three types of flag statuses: Helpful Declined Disputed Helpful means a mod specifically marked the flag as helpful, or the action that you were suggesting through a flag was taken by the community. Declined means that a mod specifically declined the flag. Disputed basically ...


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Fixed in build rev 2014.1.7.1823 on meta and 2014.1.7.1277 on sites. The POSTed data now gets validated against the list of flag types available to you. Additionally, it's now impossible to GET the popup GUI with the additional options (by using show-invalid=true) if you're not a 10k user.


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While we're at it, you might as well add categorizing by flag type. It'd be nice to see all of my interesting 'other' flags, helpful or not, without having to wade through the huge mass of 'not an answer' flags.


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In an older version of the flagging system, flags were handled by two main queues. The diamond moderators, obviously, could see and act on flags at will; that's one of the main jobs of being a diamond moderator. However, users with sufficiently high (10,000) reputation could also see many sorts of flags, but had only a lesser ability to act on them. The ...


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It is an attempt to answer the question. The author of that answer thought that he was answering the question. If that's the case, then NAA generally doesn't apply. It may be a poor answer, perhaps even Very Low Quality, to the point that it should be deleted, but it's not Not an Answer. (That said, what to do with link only answers is generally a ...


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Flagging it as VLQ just means that it goes into the VLQ queue. In that review item one person recommended deletion and one person (incorrectly) said that it "looks good". Because of that, your flag was marked as "disputed". Clearly this post should be deleted. No moderator acted on it. Had a mod acted on it before the queue handled the flag then the ...


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It's an attempt to answer the question. It's not like it's advertising a product that won't solve the exact problem requested. It's also not being posted on a whole bunch of questions, as would also be an indication of spam. It's (arguably) a low quality answer in that it doesn't go into detail, or explain how to use the product to solve the problem, ...


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The description of the spam flag: This question is effectively an advertisement with no disclosure. It is not useful or relevant, but promotional. So even after that vandalism edit, the question did not qualify as spam. Spam flag means the post contains links which advertise something which is not useful or relevant to the site. What should I do in such ...


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This is a feature which is a part of the new Triage review queue. When reviewers determine that the question Looks Ok and requires no further action, the system automatically dismisses all pending non-custom flags on the post as disputed - which includes recommend closure flags. This is exactly what happened in your case. Your flag gets marked as helpful if ...


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I've written a userscript that utilizes nicael's pagination/sorting bookmarklets to add this to your flag page: Just be careful not to click the buttons too fast – because you're requesting every single page of flags, SE might IP rate-limit you for a few minutes. However, it only happened to me once, and I must have clicked those buttons 50 or 60 times with ...


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Once I got home, I tried just going to an answer and typed in "not an answer" in the custom flag box. Viewing it directly from the question and in the flags queue, it shows up as a normal not an answer flag rather than a custom flag. Oddly, though, typing in "very low quality" does not exhibit the same behavior. Likely the system just looks for flags which ...


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If you see a post vandalised like that and it's the first time, just do a rollback. If the OP repeatedly vandalises his post(s), use the other (needs ♦ moderator attention) flag and explain the situation.


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It's a poor answer, but as everyone admits, the answerer attempted to answer the question: The OP's edit: Edit: I didn't read this carefully enough, your code already has it. The Commenter: OP already has that. Did you even have a look at the code before posting this answer?! Edit - Now that you've realized it, do you mind taking down this answer? ...


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I think it's just the great idea. I made a script which will load all of your helpful/ declined/ disputed flags. To use, first go to your flags history (http://{some-se-site-there}.stackexchange.com/users/flag-summary/your-id). Then run one of the following scripts. To show declined: javascript:var pn=parseInt($(".pager.fr > a:nth-last-child(2)").attr(...


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The short answer here is that when a question is triaged as anything other than Unsalvageable, any pending Spam, Offensive, Very Low Quality or Close flags will be marked Disputed. This is done to prevent the queue from potentially sending questions in three different directions at once (mod flag queue, close review queue, and whatever the intended ...


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A long time ago, both types of flags had the same type of behavior. Both would place the post into the respective community review queue and the private moderator flag queue: If review comes to a positive consensus or if the flag is manually reviewed by a moderator who decides the flag is correct, the flag is marked helpful. If community review disagrees ...


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Moderators don't dispute flags; other users with 10k reputation do. When a flag is disputed, it is considered invalid and does not have any effect on your ability to flag, nor can a moderator do anything to validate it again, even if it was valid to begin with.


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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 ...


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If an answer is wrong - downvote it. If an answer isn't trying to answer the question at all - only then flag as not an answer. This could be the case for answers like Me too Anyone found the answer yet? Responses to real answers Could you clarify your question? ....


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Very low quality flags also get dumped into the Low Quality Posts queue, which is where it got reviewed. The person who reviewed the post selected that the question looked good, and that automatically dismissed your flag as disputed.


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The "invalid flag" option serves only to dispute other flags, and itself doesn't address issues with posts in any way. This is why both flags are marked disputed and it would not make sense to change it so that "invalid flag" is considered a helpful flag. Note that the "disputed" outcome takes effect immediately after you dispute a flag, so there is no such ...


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I agree, and with the recent changes to flagging I think this needs to be revisited. Every time I go through the SO flag queue, I see a few proper flags and a load of invalid ones. There are clearly people who flag as "not an answer" anything with a question mark or that hints that the answerer ran into the question themselves, even when the post does ...


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We implemented the ability for moderators to handle flags on an individual basis instead of only being able to handle flags on a post-by-post basis. In the case of disputed flags, this thus allows a moderator to directly mark the appropriate flags as "helpful" or "declined" in the case of conflicting flags. So for example, if a flag is incorrect and someone ...


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You should explain that in your flag. To me, and probably to the person who flagged your flag as invalid as well as the moderator who handled the flags, it's not immediately obvious why it isn't an answer. You used a very broad, vague "not an answer" flag which could have probably used some details as to why you thought it was not an answer. Looking at it ...


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As mentioned by gnat, disputed means a 10k+ user added an invalid flag against your NAA flag. In my opinion, the answer is an attempted answer, just a very poor one. I might have personally flagged that as "Very low quality", or simply down-voted and left a comment. As a result, I can sympathise with a 10k user who decided to mark that as invalid. However, ...


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Obviously an oversight on the part of the moderator. That is clearly not an answer. And in case something like this happens again in the future, should I reflag this as "not an answer", or flag it for moderator attention? No, and I don't believe the system will let you even select "not an answer" a second time. If it was overlooked once, then your flag ...


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I am the one who marked your flag as disputed, which I did as opposed to declining it. The reason I did so actually did not have to do with the edit to the question; it was because the link appeared to be related to the question, which was asking about the app. That said, the question was off-topic, and not a good question otherwise, which is why I voted to ...


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The offensive flag is meant to be used for posts which are only offensive and should be flat-out deleted. If you can just edit out the curse word or two and the question will be fine, that's not something that warrants an offensive flag - it warrants an edit.


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Flags are disputed by 10k users, not by moderators. The whole system is extremely misleading as a single dispute flag by a 10k user will always mark the flag as disputed, no matter what a diamond moderator does with the flag. You should ignore the disputed state entirely, take a look at the outcome of the flag to decide whether they were valid in the case ...


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