Seems to be a recurring question across threads. I didn’t want to derail another thread by talking about it there, but then it’s difficult to have a conversation about it anywhere so I’ve started one.
Essentially I would really like to see fewer posts being flagged where it isn’t clear why or what guideline has been broken, that then result in the poster being made to feel bad and not knowing why and also (somewhat inevitably) leading to thread derailing. I wonder what people’s general ideas of are about when something should be flagged?
I notice the board etiquette guidelines encourage flagging:
- Replying in a confrontational manner when we see a post we think needs attention (use the flag feature to report it instead).
Looking at many flagged posts recently though, it is clear there are many who flag posts quite quickly, perhaps because of this guideline (?) or for some other reason.
But also I feel the flagging is a system that has a potential to be misused, as it anonymously hides someone posts it would be possible to use it to bully individual posters or simply hide things you disagree with. More than that I feel like because it often isn’t clear why something was flagged it gives the perception taht it is being misused. I notice this then causes further comments about ‘why was my post flagged’ (a fair question actually if it was your post) and can lead to the derailing of a thread quite quickly.
Personally I prefer to use the flags which are for things that are obviously malicious, spam or obviously personal attacks of some sort. If there’s just a post I don’t like because it’s offensive or something, but the poster seems like they didn’t intend to be malicious or to derail the thread, I DM the person.
[Note: I am trying very hard to have a discussion which might solve a problem I see and clarify the board guidelines about flagging so we can hit consistency and maybe end the constant derailing of several threads I enjoy posting on, without mentioning any specific posts or posters or being accusatory or disrespectful of anyone in particular anything like that. It’d be really neat if the discussion could be around that spirit.]