This morning I made an executive decision to remove the ability of forum members to flag posts for spam. In a very ironic twist, the system of flagging posts for abuse was itself being abused.
The present forum software appears to inflexibly be set so as (1) it is impossible for forum members to flag posts without everyone else learning who you are and (2) the number of times people are flagged are logged as some statistic in their public profile page, to the anger and frustration of many.
Because this is the internet and everyone is apparently unable to act like human beings when a screen is placed between them and another, this system has naturally given rise to the expected infighting, abuse, and revenge flags.
Though I suppose we could keep our system and we could just ban the people who abuse it, I have chosen – for now – to simply take everyone’s toys away. So effective immediately, if you want to sincerely flag a post for abuse/spam/whatever, please simply send a private message that contains a link to the post/page in question to all of the following: @“Andy P” , @Chuggles22 , @jennywaboom , @Plus2Joe , @snickerdoodle. Be sure to tell us whose post upsets you and why. Spoonfeed us. Please don’t make us go hunting.
Then we will take a look and go from there.
Remember: As always, don’t publicly call out other players or moderators. If you suspect someone is abusing the forum/cheating in the game/whatever, send a private message. If you think the moderators are being tyrants, send a private message to @jennywaboom, @Plus2Joe, and @snickerdoodle – they work for Microsoft and are our bosses. If you ignore these things and call people out publicly, do not be surprised if you get warned/banned. Yes, even if you are accusing me of tyranny, I will still ban you from doing so publicly. It’s a cruel world and ours is a very small corner of that world that we use to discuss a video game. So please do that.
EDIT: I also just added the ability to upvote a post for being “Insightful.” This may be the unilateral decision that nails my coffin shut, but I figured it’s a specific enough compliment that we don’t already have. (For positive reactions, we already have “Agree” and “Like” – which I honestly am not sure are often distinguishable. For negative reactions, we now still have only “Disagree.”) We have a few other unused choices, but we don’t need overload us with too many. But I like Insightful because it seems to encourage sagely thoughts, which occassionally dot our landscape. Ours is a fairly nerdy subject matter and it’s always a joy to see people double down on it and lay out complex strategies, historical connections, sagely advice, etc.