New Flagging Reason December 4, 2005 4:54 PM   Subscribe

This had me thinking: wouldn't it make sense to have "needs 'more inside'" as a reason when flagging posts? I flagged it, but had to put "other;" and, if memory serves, plenty of good first-time posters have had their first threads derailed by the first few "whoa! muddying up the front page there!" comments.
posted by koeselitz to Feature Requests at 4:54 PM (23 comments total)

Being able to enter a message next to "other" might help avoid the madness of having a drop down option for every eventuality.
posted by fire&wings at 5:12 PM on December 4, 2005

I just put other, and figure Matt's smart enough that it'll work out.
posted by smackfu at 5:28 PM on December 4, 2005

koeselitz, I agree with you.
posted by killdevil at 6:55 PM on December 4, 2005

fire&wings, I agree with you.
posted by Gator at 7:01 PM on December 4, 2005

Gator and killdevil, I agree with you.
posted by marxchivist at 7:07 PM on December 4, 2005

I agree with Marxchivist, but I disgagree vehemently with fire&wings.
posted by dersins at 7:09 PM on December 4, 2005

I'd like a "tired" flag, and if a comment recieves enough flags, it shrinks and turns an embarassed shade of pink. Please?
posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:34 PM on December 4, 2005

I agree with who everybody else agrees with.
posted by wheelieman at 7:52 PM on December 4, 2005

I agree with those people who don't agree with themselves.
posted by Aknaton at 8:22 PM on December 4, 2005

Everything is a lie. even the truth. deal with it.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:43 PM on December 4, 2005

posted by alteredcarbon at 10:27 PM on December 4, 2005

Everything is a lie. even the truth. deal with it.

This statement is false.
posted by Rothko at 10:48 PM on December 4, 2005

I actually came over here to mention this, but koeselitz beat me to it.
The question takes up 1/9th of the front page at the moment. It sucks when your question gets pushed of the front page prematurely, especially if it's something particularly timely or urgent. Let's face it - once it's off the front page, it's pretty much done. What's the average time for this - under 24 hours now? Maybe a little more?

This is a noob thing - I also did for my first question. I wouldn't have minded if someone had edited it for the front page. I bet a sock puppet Wolfster wouldn't care either.

It's not just etiquette, it's more practical to keep it short.
I absolutely HATE my new job as a high school science teacher...[mi] would've been enough for me to go inside. And that's what you want people to do when you ask a question - draw them to the [more inside]. Once they're in, they're more likely to read the thread, and from there more likely to add something useful to the discussion.
posted by hellbient at 12:42 AM on December 5, 2005

pony alert:
Urm.. How about a character limit on the (front page) "your question" field?
posted by SpookyFish at 1:03 AM on December 5, 2005

I don't really see the need for character limits. If it ain't broke [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 3:18 AM on December 5, 2005

Long posts don't push your post off the front page, since they still only count as one post, and it's limited by number of posts.
posted by smackfu at 6:28 AM on December 5, 2005

I flagged it as "It Breaks the Guidelines." That said, however, I fully support character limits on the front page portion. There is not a single instance where that much text is necessary on the front! Every post like that will just get flagged like crazy until M or J has to fix it. So let's just give it a limit, for the people who can't take the time to read the friggin text on the posting page.
posted by MrZero at 6:35 AM on December 5, 2005

If it hadn't been for the content of the question I probably would have been pissier about it - but I'm in a similar situation, career-wise, as Wolfster, so I was nicer about it. In retrospect could have flagged it, but figured a gentle reminder in my response would help prevent a future occurrence. Flagging the post doesn't necessarily inform the poster as to what went wrong.
posted by caution live frogs at 6:56 AM on December 5, 2005

I flag ones like these as "other" and figure that Matt & Jess are smart enough to figure it out.
posted by raedyn at 8:03 AM on December 5, 2005

This post indubitably shows a need for a flag for when one agree's with a poster's comments.
posted by xammerboy at 11:42 AM on December 5, 2005

I cohere to the agreeant belief set.
posted by delmoi at 12:08 PM on December 5, 2005

While I agree with the general sentiment here, "I absolutely HATE my new job as a high school science teacher...[mi]" goes too far in the other direction. "Sucks to be you" is likely to be my mental response as I skip over this non-question. Two to four sentences, at least one of which is an actual question, is not too much to post to the front page.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:09 AM on December 6, 2005

DA, I made that suggestion more out of interest to get people inside than to free up space on the front. And now that I look at it again, yeah, it probably could have a little more info.

anyway, if smackfu's right, then this isn't the problem I thought it was...
posted by hellbient at 5:02 PM on December 6, 2005

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