Why can I not flag silly posts?

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1. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 146 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi together,
for a few weeks now I'm "full member". But still I cannot flag any nonsense posts.
Please could anyone tell me, why??

Beate

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1003 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Perhaps you need to be a 'respected' member?

I wish I could remember exactly when I got the ability to flag posts but I can't, sorry. But if you're thinking about the 'kidnap' thread, I flagged that post before you came along but the moderators disagreed with me, which is fair enough.

3. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 146 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thank you. Yes, I was thinking about this thread. In my opinion it shout shut down immediately.

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 370 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Travellerspoint

This reply by....has been reported by one of our Respected Members or Travel Gurus.

Hopefully you'll make it to the next level of membership soon.

5. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1395 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

Thank you. Yes, I was thinking about this thread. In my opinion it shout shut down immediately.

I think the kidnapping thread has now been totally removed. I can't believe the Mafia one is still around - deluded fantasy!

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Oct-2019, 17:03 GMT by Borisborough ]

6. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 146 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Oh yes, this terrible Mafia thread should not only be closed but removed totally.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1770 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

Oh yes, this terrible Mafia thread should not only be closed but removed totally.

1) It’s in the "off topic" forum which is intended to be a little looser.

2) Having the thread there means the OP has had the benefit of the opinions of all our regulars. In my opinion they've resoundingly said what a silly idea it is. Okay the OP has stuck to their guns but perhaps privately they may take some of it in.

I think that feedback has been useful, and the thread is no harm. If you dislike it you could just skip it. But if you think there's a problem with my judgement as a moderator you could speak to Peter.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5418 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Removing threads or posts is not an action which should be taken lightly. We moderators like to use a gentle touch; spam and promotional posts are cleaned up very swiftly (part of our janitorial duties), but for everything else, leading by example is a far preferable approach to keep a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere here on the forum.

There are rules for what is disallowed on the forum, and "silliness" isn't on there.
Having the ability to report posts for moderator attention is a great power, as it temporarily removes the post in question from public view. When you get the power to report posts, it's expected that you only use it for reporting posts that actually break the forum rules, not for reporting things you personally dislike.

Quoting Borisborough

I think the kidnapping thread has now been totally removed.

It hasn't. The original 14 year old thread is still there. Only the recent posts that revived it have been removed.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Oct-2019, 19:19 GMT by Sander ]

9. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 146 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I think, there is no need to explain the rules to me, I know it.
But maybe you can explain, why the "kidnapping" thread was removed and the "Maffia"-thread not?
In your rules nowhere is written that the ask for beeing kidnapped is against the rules.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5418 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

But maybe you can explain, why the "kidnapping" thread was removed and the "Maffia"-thread not?

The kidnapping thread had a bunch of replies made into a 14 year old existing thread. Only those new replies were removed. I'm not the responsible moderator for that forum, and I didn't see all the posts that were removed, so I'm unable to offer a full explanation, but I suspect the thread spiraled into a heated exchange and that entire sub-conversation was removed as inflammatory (and besides the point for the original thread).

Moderators do use judgment calls on what action to take. We even get it wrong sometimes. *gasp* ;) The rules are the core of what we want to (not) see here, but reality tends to be messy, and that's okay.