I've flagged quite a few posts recently as spam. These posts were obvioulsy spam just by their subject, and then of course reading the text confirmed it. These were about mobile phones, sports shoes, etc.
My question is, why can we only flag these items as spam and not delete them immediately?
And how many posts get flagged as spam and then re-instated anyway?
Might save moderators having to check these posts.
I know from my minimal moderating experience l have no reinstated ANY flagged spam posts!
Maybe a superpower that only Travel Gurus hold??????????
There's actually just been a new hurdle added that should - hopefully - cut down on the amount of those very obvious sports shoes and electronics spam posts that will be showing up.
For all other types of spam, I'd be quite hesitant about deleting immediately. I know it's happened to me a couple of times that I flagged a first or second time post as (what I thought was) obvious spam, and then the member continued on making useful contributions consistently and basically convinced me that the post was just a genuine "I've used/done this and liked it" opinion. But no way to undo my flag. This way at least there's the chance that a moderator will catch my mistake, while deleting is a lot more irrevocable.
I agree; as much as I enjoy my guru status and the powers that it entitles me to (ab)use , I'd rather leave it at the discretion of our mods and admins to make final removal decisions.
I can say that over time I have removed several flags from threads. Though none of the ones James has mentioned (shoes, cells, etc.). Though the idea of the Gurus being able to delete the obvious things (as mentioned above) in worthy of consideration, having X number of people able to delete could lead to an abuse of the button. Besides hoping that all Gurus were always level-headed, what would stop someone from removing a post they didn't care for but was neither spam nor inflammatory in nature? I don't know the total number of Gurus on site, but it would still be quite a few able to make a decision before a Moderator actually viewed a post.
I agree with Sander. I know I have agreed with a flagged post being spam, only to check the members posting history and realize they were just trying to answer the request.
What do we moderators do when you guys get to delete posts?
We'll be out of jobs!
Anyway, moderators play a role in preventing mistakes like what Sander said, and to avoid abuse (I'm glad to say that I have not seen this before).
Now that I think of it (but I believe this has been discussed before, hasn't it?); a possible improvement would be to hide flagged posts from public sight altogether, and only make them visible for those logged into TP as mod or admin. If they feel a flag should be undone, the post then reappears to public view. Wouldn't that be a good middle road between complete removal and the current situation?