There has been a rash of topics lately where:
- A user posts something in violation of our community guidelines, and
- Rather than, or in addition to flagging the comment, a user resorts to retaliatory behaviour that goes against our guidelines in response (be that name-calling or insults, or other derailing behaviours).
Not only does this exponentially increase the work required by the moderators (as very often, and rightly, those responses also receive flags), but it also drastically increases the chances that the mod team is going to chose to excise a broad swath of the topic rather than try to weed out the few good posts from the moderated ones.
In other words, when you respond to trolls, you:
- make more work for the mods, and
- heavily increase the chances that your fellow posters will have their posts removed as collateral damage.
Don’t do that.
Flag posts that are inappropriate. We work hard to be responsive and take action quickly on moderated posts.
In addition, multiple members of the community will cause an action to be taken against posts without moderator involvement, allowing the topic to continue regardless of the disruptive behaviour (or, in exceptional cases, locking the topic until moderators can clean it up). So don’t assume others have flagged a post - do it yourself and be a part of the process.
To those of you already flagging inappropriate comments: Thank you. You help us to keep discussions on-track so that topics can continue to be about the thoughts and opinions of the community, instead of meta-discussions and behaviour that instead stifle those same conversations.