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Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:29pm

trayzrulz

trayzrulz

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I was reading Cenere's thread about Behaviour
http://armorgames.com/community/thread/5155751/behaviour
when I thought of this idea:

How about adding an extra flag next to the OP that would allow us to flag a thread in its entirety? This way, if one finds a topic to be wildly inappropriate, a duplicate, gone off the rail ect... people could just flag the thread. By flagging the thread, it might allow mods/admins to find major problems more quickly/easily. Sometimes when a thread is really "far gone" I have a hard time choosing which comments to flag so a mod will see it. By having having a button that says "hey look at this thread; there is something majorly wrong here," maybe it would reduce or eliminate the spam saying to lock a thread or move it.

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:31pm

trayzrulz

trayzrulz

684 posts

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:44pm

mrtim

mrtim

2,905 posts

Isn't there a flag next to the opener as well?

The flag will just send to the admins, who will take care of it, so if the OP's flag is clicked, then it would send the message to the admins, so they will see the topic itself and take action if necessary.

So I think your idea is already implanted.

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:48pm

Cenere

Cenere

14,023 posts

Knight

Oh, people actually do read my rants.

Well, I would say it is far easier to report it to a mod. Gantic, Nemo and I are somewhat active, and it would be taken care of as soon as possible that way. Flagging does not really do anything for us mods, as we cannot see and act on it, so unless it will work differently than the current flag function (besides it being for the entire thread, of course), it would not be very effective.
But it might be worth a try, if it acted somewhat like the old up-vote function or something similar, which pulled the attention towards it, if only for mods and staff.

Currently it would work fine to simply report it through our profiles. You gain a whole of 2 points for it (O, and we might get a better image of what you think there is wrong with it. At least it is better than "This should be locked", which doesn't help at all, and still wouldn't help even with a flag-function.

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:51pm

Cenere

Cenere

14,023 posts

Knight

The flag will just send to the admins, who will take care of it, so if the OP's flag is clicked, then it would send the message to the admins, so they will see the topic itself and take action if necessary.

As far as I know, flagged comments are hardly ever reviewed, but rather just stored until someone pushes a button to delete it.
If an OP is flagged enough, the entire thread would be deleted, instead of reviewed and acted upon properly, which would mean legit posts is going to be deleted as well. A thread that merely needs moving would end up deleted as well.
There is a reason why you can't flag comments and hope for a merit, because it won't get any attention.
 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 12:55pm

mrtim

mrtim

2,905 posts

Yes, like what Cenere said, its best to just report it to a mod, since its more faster to be taken care of.

However, I do not think that you should really report everything to a mod. If it is only done once or twice, flag, if the user continuously does it, report to a mod. This way, they would sort out the worse ones first, and those minor ones (eg: wrong place) last.

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 1:10pm

Cenere

Cenere

14,023 posts

Knight

This way, they would sort out the worse ones first, and those minor ones (eg: wrong place) last

The wrong place ones often ends up rather bad, especially if people are particularly lulzy (read: mean). It often end up spammed with "this should be" and "this is in the wrong place" "you are doing it wrong" and so on.
 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 6:12pm

trayzrulz

trayzrulz

684 posts

I was just trying to think of some way to tell all the mods/admins in general that a thread was having problems without going to specific people. But, I think you brought up some very good points that I originally failed to consider. I was just so excited about my flagging idea that I jumped into sharing with with the world!!

Hopefully people will just write on the mods profiles a description of what is going wrong with particular thread as opposed to spamming like crazy within the thread(maybe that will diminish after the Behaviour thread--maybe it should be stickied).

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 6:15pm

beastahayes

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943 posts

You can flag their main post. You just can't flag the whole thing. If you could plenty of Ap's would be lost questions would be asked. I think locking it is good enough.

 

Posted Feb 18, '10 at 6:22pm

Cenere

Cenere

14,023 posts

Knight

You can flag their main post. You just can't flag the whole thing. If you could plenty of Ap's would be lost questions would be asked. I think locking it is good enough.

Flag main post = entire thread will be deleted = plenty of ap will be lost.

(maybe that will diminish after the Behaviour thread--maybe it should be stickied).

I haven't even read the replies yet. Too tired to explain (it is usually a big part of my threads, so just waiting a bit > >)

But I do believe it is a good idea, and if it could be implemented (possibly along with ... No, nevermind, information-sharing-education took over) it could possibly stop some spamming and other trouble.
 
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