Every once in a while I see flags displayed to me in one of the tabs of the moderator tools. Most of the time I just ignore them, because I don't understand what they could possibly be about, but sometimes I see one of them where I think, “now really, no action is required here at all”, so I add an “invalid flag” (one of the choices I have there) on top of the already existing flag (because that's what the instructions tell me to do). I was hoping that by doing so I tell the moderators that they can safely ignore that flag and deal with more important things.
Every single one of those flags was “disputed” (whatever that means), so I must misunderstand something fundamental here.
Could somebody please explain to me what I should do about those flags?
- Should I just ignore them in general?
- In what situations should I do something about them?
- Exactly when should I flag such a flag displayed to me as “invalid”?
I see the flagging system as a means for me to try and help the moderators to do their jobs instead of adding a burden to it, so I'd welcome a clarification.
Finally, what are those flags displayed to me anyway? Are they automatically generated, based on the number of comments to the question and other factors? Because, as I understand it, flags by users are treated confidentially. I'm confused.