Helpful? No. New members don't even read the stickies, and it seems the majority of members disregard or don't recognise the option to report. Whether this is through technical incompetence or just a feature that most miss.
If what you are saying is that we will see more effective and efficient moderation by use of this report feature, than I recommend a sticky on how to, perhaps a category and template so that it is easy on mods to understand a situation.
But above all there are two sides to a story.
Sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear; I was not talking about simply adding a sticky that asks members to use the report button. I was talking about adding a prominent notice that appears on each page of each thread that reminds members to use the report button and shows them what it looks like, much like the way the link to the rules appears on each page of each thread. This way, members wouldn't have to visit any other page to read the reminder to report problematic posts, as it would be staring them in the face.
Originally Posted by Banicks
With that said, what is the decision on repeat offenders? As stated previously, a case by case basis is unjust.
Like I said, we don't make a conscious decision to let one member "get away with" something we address in another member's post. Instead, that is usually a result of our attention being called to one post but not the other. If similar issues are reported in similar posts, we will handle them similarly. As far as what actions we may take with members when there are issues with their posts, we take their attitude, willingness to correct whatever problem we contacted them about, past issues, etc. into account when deciding what to do.
Originally Posted by Banick
Additionally, what time period will we be looking at for this trial? My concern is that if the report tool is not utilised and things continue as they have been, we will continue to lose valuable members. At what point do we re-evaluate and look at alternatives if necessary.
My hope is that adding a blurb to each page about the report tool as I described will result in its greater utilization, and more reports and fewer issues here as a result. As problematic members are reported and dealt with, there will be fewer problematic members going forward.
I haven't read through all of the 11 pages but:
-Have it where foul language is automatically replaced with other words. It will save time for the mods to do other things since the foul language is SUCH A HUGE deal on this board.
-Not allowing mods to delete posts because they just feel like it. I've had a post deleted out of a topic because it was a suggestion besides the question that was asked originally. There was nothing offensive in the post, but my post was relevant. I feel like if the mods aren't going to use better judgement then that, then they shouldn't have the ability to do so.
The great majority of members are able to choose words other than profanity after the first time we have ask them not to use it, so I don't feel there is a need for an automatic filter when members can simply exercise a little restraint.
I apologize if a post of yours was removed when it shouldn't have been, but if that happened then it is definitely an exception and not the rule. It is usually the case that moderator action is the result of a discussion among several moderators, and careful attention is paid to ensuring nothing is removed from a thread that shouldn't be. While we need members to respect moderators' decisions so that we can have an orderly forum, you are always welcome to pm me with any concerns you may have.
1fish2fish, thanks for weighing in. I hit preview before posting and saw that you replied after I began writing this post, so I just wanted to say that I appreciate your input and will of course take it into account as well.