Recently I flagged an answer to this question citing not an answer as it was providing only a link.

But I was surprised when the flag was not helpful; it was disputed.

Now, what is the reason for disputing my flag to that 'link-only' answer? Has the community changed their view on the 'link-only' answers??

• As always: take it easy on disputed flags. They're there to make you think harder on whether it was the right call or not, and they're only a real warning sign if a significant portion of your flags (or of flags of a certain kind, or a specific run of flags) is either disputed or declined. Otherwise, just note them and move on. There's much better ways to contribute to the site (e.g. asking and answering) than honing your flagging habits to perfection. Nov 6, 2015 at 14:33
• More on disputed flags: meta.physics.stackexchange.com/q/7147/2451
– Qmechanic Mod
Nov 14, 2015 at 19:22

1. Technically, the not-an-answer (NAA) flag caused the Community♦ to submit the answer to the low-quality-post-review-list.

2. Five 2k+ users (which were not 20k+ users) completed the review cycle with the following votes listed chronologically:

Recommend Deletion; Recommend Deletion; Looks OK; Recommend Deletion; Looks OK.

3. Next the Community♦ provided the feed-back 'Disputed' to the flagger. I'm a bit uncertain whether this was caused by the mixed verdict (cf. this meta post and below comment by ACuriousMind), or an up-vote on the answer. (The latter is one of 3 reasons mentioned in this meta post as a reason for a disputed flag.)

4. Moreover, the answer is not delete, since none of the reviewer were 20k+ users. (20k+ users can vote to directly Delete as opposed to just Recommend Deletion, cf. this meta post.)

5. Next, the disputed status caused the answer to enter the moderator's review tool.

6. Finally, a moderator converted the answer to a comment.

• For 3., I believe the "Disputed" results merely from two Looks OK votes being sufficient for completing the review with the result of not deleting the post, not from an upvote.
– ACuriousMind Mod
Nov 2, 2015 at 18:13