Can we please have a rundown on flagging etiquette? There seems to be a lot of "flag and move one" response from the mods as of late, and while that may be the best choice of action for a lot of the scenarios, 9 times out of 10 I'm stuck on the fence as to whether or not I should.
posted by FirstMateKate to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 PM (97 comments total)
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It seems like recently there's been a lot of "Did you see what this user did on the blue?!" MetaTalk posts, and usually at least one person chimes in with "flag and move on", or a mod goes "This is what flagging is for. Use it, it's helpful." And so I'm trying to be more proactive or whatever, but I always catch myself before I hit that button. I think I've only ever flagged maybe once. And it's especially hard when the comment/answer has a lot of favorites.
But in the past week, there's been at least 4 instances of me reading a comment/answer [I wouldn't dare call them out here], and I think "Wow. that was uncalled for/unnecessary/a waste of space".
And where do we draw the lines? If someone's being overly rude/snarky in AskMe, flag it? What about the comments that pretty much amount to "this subject is stupid/a waste of time."?
So, is it better to flag when it may not really be needed, or is it better to not flag when maybe you should have? Which side is the safe side to err on?
Sorry if this should have been a memail to a mod. I contemplated that route, but I thought it may be beneficial to metafilter as a whole to hear this discussion.