Hey forum folks, I hope you’re having a fantastic fresh start to the week. I’m in an alliterative mood, so let’s talk about flags for a sec.
I just had to resolve over 20 flags, which is far above what we want to see on a Monday. I get that a lot of them crept up over the weekend where we aren’t always around to resolve them, but that’s only part of the story.
A fair amount of them were quite frankly, inappropriate usage of the flag system. Which is ironic, since the “Inappropriate” reason for selecting a flag is the one that’s getting used/abused.
So, a quick reminder. We won’t tolerate weaponised use of the “Inappropriate” flag to suppress comments purely because you disagree. And just to be clear, this is happening on both sides whenever there is a topic that has caused some disagreement.
Some of the usage was legitimate, and some wasn’t, from the recent batch. And it’s often hard to draw the line, we totally get that. So there’s only two options here - that folks are making bad judgment calls, or that they are deliberately acting in bad faith. We hope it’s the former. The latter is obviously, not acceptable at all.
If you aren’t happy about a post or the direction a thread is taking, but aren’t sure if it’s something that needs to be flagged or not, DM a mod. There’s also space when flagging to add a quick note as to why you flagged it, and that can often add useful nuance or context that helps us to make a decision.
If an entire thread is going off the rails and getting heated, please also let a mod know and we can always lock something while we look into it. That’s also preferable to a long drawn out argument where both sides just end up flagging every post from the other side.
If you have any questions, please let me know!