Help test flagging with a free-form text field June 30, 2018 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Hey! Help us test out a new feature: a flagging option to leave a short note in a free-form text field instead of choosing one of the pre-defined flagging reasons. We'd like to make sure the core functionality is working well in this thread before rolling it out on the site for actual use, so come on in and kick the tires a bit!

The idea is simple: if you're flagging something and you think the reason's not totally obvious or self-explanatory, you can instead of choosing a fixed label just select the "flag with note..." option and type up a short explanation that will be visible to mods looking at the flag queue.

Note: this isn't intended to replace the contact form (about which we're revisiting some other stuff, and that's outside the scope of this thread). For anything but very brief explanations, writing us a note at the contact form is a better plan. Likewise, if you need a response from us, use the contact form; the flagging process is a one-way notification for the mod team, not something we can respond to directly.

We tested a couple iterations of this back in 2016, in this and then this MetaTalk thread. We've since drawn down the idea to its minimal state: no changes to flag glyph or other behaviors other than kicking open a text entry widget on the page if you choose the new option.

The goal with this test is two-fold:

1. Identify any showstopper issues, where the new functionality actually breaks the flagging process or otherwise does disruptive things to the thread/browser/etc. We want to make sure we aren't breaking the site for folks before we roll this out.

2. Identify bits that could use tweaking or polishing or etc. Non-showstopper issues we may just go ahead and address over time after rolling the feature out, so as not to further delay something we've already pushed back for a long time.

So, yes! Flag away, give us feedback on bugs and flow stuff. For browser behavior stuff, mentioning your browser, OS, device, and MeFi theme (Modern or Classic) will help us pin down issues that are broad vs. esoteric.

Reminder, this test is only active in this thread; feel free to go nuts with flags in here but don't expect any new flagging functionality elsewhere on MetaTalk or the rest of the site for now.
posted by cortex to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM (109 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

As well as bug reports, questions are welcome. If flag notes work properly in this test – meaning nothing that's a hard stop rather than a fixable bug, we'll likely be rolling them out in the coming week to the whole site.
posted by frimble (staff) at 11:39 AM on June 30, 2018


Flag party!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:41 AM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


Here's another comment people can flag if you want!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:42 AM on June 30, 2018


Why did the chicken cross the road?
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:43 AM on June 30, 2018


TO GET TO THE OTHER SPECIFY
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:44 AM on June 30, 2018 [3 favorites]


flagged two comments with the stupidest flags I could think of. No complaints. Safari @ OSX 10.13.3
posted by mce at 11:54 AM on June 30, 2018


If you start flagging with note and then press cancel, the ! in brackets becomes smaller (from 15px to 9.5 px).

Modern, Firefox 62.
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 11:54 AM on June 30, 2018 [3 favorites]


YAY FLAG NOTES! Is there a character limit on the text entry field? That seems like one way someone could potentially break it.
posted by capricorn at 11:55 AM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


I guess it does that if you exit the dropdown without flagging in general..
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 11:55 AM on June 30, 2018


Ah, and maybe there should also be a lower limit - it lets you submit an empty note.
posted by capricorn at 11:55 AM on June 30, 2018


Do you track who submits a flag?
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 11:58 AM on June 30, 2018


capricorn - I commented with html source of the most recent politics thread. If there's a char limit it's more than 2^21
posted by mce at 11:58 AM on June 30, 2018 [10 favorites]


Awesome! Let your freak flag fly
posted by nubs at 12:00 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

If you start flagging with note and then press cancel, the ! in brackets becomes smaller (from 15px to 9.5 px).
Confirmed with Safari 11.0.3 & Chrome 67.0.3396.99 (Official Build) (64-bit) @ OSX 10.13.3.
Refreshing the page resets the font size
posted by mce at 12:01 PM on June 30, 2018


3 flags so far using Chrome 67.0.3396.87 on iOS 11.4 on iPad, no issues apart from the fact that the possibilities are now endless.
posted by arcticseal at 12:04 PM on June 30, 2018


Firefox nightly on Kindle, worked fine, no issues. Cancel out does not give same display error noted above.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 12:14 PM on June 30, 2018


Chrome (67.0.3396.99) on Win 7, same hilarious ! shrinking on cancel issue.

Submitted a test flag on the post with no problems. This is a great feature to add, btw.
posted by figurant at 12:18 PM on June 30, 2018


Shrinkage issue on the ! should be fixed now – am I correct in assuming that it only affected those using Classic?
posted by frimble (staff) at 12:22 PM on June 30, 2018


I still see the shrinking. Chromium 67.0.3396.87, Linux, Modern Dark.
posted by egregious theorem at 12:23 PM on June 30, 2018


Do you track who submits a flag?

Yes. The way it shows for us within a thread -- both for regular flags and for these new freetext flags -- is first as just the indication [flagged x times] as a link under the comment, as seen in a screenshot here:
screenshot of mod inline flag view, not expanded
..... and then if you click on that link, a little window appears that shows who flagged, at what time, what flag reason, and now, their note text. Like so (in which I'm the one who flagged):
screenshot of mod inline flag view, with note expanded - shows LobsterMitten has flagged the comment saying Do you track who submits a flag and added a note saying We do
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 12:27 PM on June 30, 2018 [7 favorites]


I also see the [!] shrinking, in Chrome on Ubuntu. And the contrast between the size of the pull-down menu and the text entry field really emphasizes how tiny the pull-down menu is. Otherwise it works great!
posted by zeptoweasel at 12:32 PM on June 30, 2018


I've fixed the shrinking ! again if you want to reload the thread.

Needed different fixed for modern and classic, but so it goes. :(
posted by frimble (staff) at 12:34 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


When I got to the bottom of sciatrix's recent Meta, the little dark rectangle said '0 new comments, show'.

I hit show anyway, and got three new comments, starting with cortex's 'string of stuff removed', and then a '3 new comments' box immediately appeared, and when I clicked that I got the same three comments again.

So I ended up with a thread which had a little 3 comment loop.

If this system had been in place could I have left two different notes on each of the three repeated comments? And would that have caused a problem?

Because I would have been tempted, let me tell you.
posted by jamjam at 12:34 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yes to Classic. On closer examination, I'm not sure that the font size is actually changing for me, but the positioning of the ! is shifting slightly. Cancelling out of a flag, regular or with a note, drops the ! down a few pixels. Inspecting the link and the surrounding span shows them with the same font size and line height as un-cancelled flag links, so I'm not sure what's happening. This may be a longstanding behaviour of the flagging system in Classic theme rather than something added by the new feature, but so subtle that nobody's ever noticed.

Screenshot, with top comment showing the symptoms. It's pretty subtle.
posted by figurant at 12:35 PM on June 30, 2018


[!] fixed for me now in Modern. I agree with zeptoweasel that the pull down is quite small (but that's not a new issue).
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 12:36 PM on June 30, 2018


And I can confirm that it's fixed now.
posted by figurant at 12:36 PM on June 30, 2018


After selecting "flag with note", clicking the [!] on a different comment while the text editing box is open has no effect. This may be intended behavior but thought I'd mention the edge case. Ubuntu/Chrome 67.0.3396.87.

(edited after flagging this comment to confirm the two work together)
posted by biogeo at 12:36 PM on June 30, 2018


The repeated comments would already be marked as [Flagged], jamjam, same as if you have the same thread open in two tabs, load more comments in one tab, flag those, then load them in the other tab...
posted by frimble (staff) at 12:37 PM on June 30, 2018


Doesn't show as an option for this thread on Recent Activity, may not be enabled yet.
posted by arcticseal at 12:44 PM on June 30, 2018


Flagged as "actually, it's a traditional sanskrit symbol"
posted by rhizome at 12:53 PM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


Zalgo text gives me error 500 but it still says [Flagged] (until I refresh)
posted by Memo at 1:00 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


works for me, latest build of chrome, Win 7, professional white background
posted by AFABulous at 1:02 PM on June 30, 2018


Flagging does nothing for me in my iPhone safari. By that I mean, I tap the exclamation point and nothing discernible happens.
posted by bilabial at 1:06 PM on June 30, 2018


despite many attempts i am unable to drag humorous gifs into the flag notes field, this is surely a bug
posted by poffin boffin at 1:09 PM on June 30, 2018 [12 favorites]


It's all fun and games until poffin boffin puts out a mod's eye.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:17 PM on June 30, 2018 [7 favorites]


I flagged one (first time ever doing a flag). Firefox 61. Seemed to work fine.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:28 PM on June 30, 2018


On iPhone safari, able to flag but can’t get the free form text field
posted by nubs at 2:18 PM on June 30, 2018


Just to add, that's with iOS 11.4
posted by nubs at 2:30 PM on June 30, 2018


You need to hit done with flag with note selected in iPhone Dafari to get the box to appear....
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:44 PM on June 30, 2018


Seems to work just fine with Firefox Focus on iOS.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 3:05 PM on June 30, 2018


Can we use these notes to reveal our private thoughts for the mods like in the David Lynch Dune movie?
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 3:07 PM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


FF60 on a Mac, seems fine on my end.
posted by oneirodynia at 3:10 PM on June 30, 2018


I think I was able to flag the same comment again in Recent Activity, but I’m not sure what it looks like on your end. I was going to flag it for being a dumb joke.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 3:11 PM on June 30, 2018


You need to hit done with flag with note selected in iPhone Dafari to get the box to appear....

I wasn’t even seeing the option “flag with note”, though it is there now.
posted by nubs at 3:19 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


Flag with note is nice and all, but I think we really need a flag with gif option.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 3:22 PM on June 30, 2018


Can we use these notes to reveal our private thoughts for the mods like in the David Lynch Dune movie?

My note is a killing flag.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:29 PM on June 30, 2018


I can already see them poring over them in a mixture of awe and horror, just muttering "O-o-oh shit" over and over. This is some real id shit right here.
posted by Grangousier at 3:39 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


I’m still not sure what an updog is, so all the flags about it are confusing.
posted by frimble (staff) at 3:41 PM on June 30, 2018 [7 favorites]


twenty ups, same as in dog
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:58 PM on June 30, 2018 [14 favorites]


Can we discuss shrinking the list of flags? Maybe it's more of an issue on smaller mobile device screens, but the list is just a bit too long to fit in my screen (screenshot from Google Pixel v1, Chrome browser vSomething). I can click on the bottom option without scrolling, but the fact I can scroll irks me.

But to clarify, this is a super minor formatting issue, though I still think the list is too long.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:07 PM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


Revisiting flag list content is definitely something we can look at more easily after this free-form thing is in place, yeah. We've talked through a few ideas for that before and I think if nothing else trimming it a bit would be doable.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:15 PM on June 30, 2018


Looks like everything but Latin characters with a limited set of diacritics fails (Windows 7, Firefox 56.0b10 64 bit until a good Tab Groups replacement materializes, Classic Theme). Unlike Memo's Zalgo text, I get no visible error with (checks, thanks Google Translate) Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Thai, Gujarati, Telugu, Georgian, Singhalese, and Vietnamese characters, but the "flagged" marker disappears upon reload. (German was fine, though, so umlauts and the odd eszett here or there are not a problem?) Probably a comparatively minor issue, but if someone who switches keyboard languages accidentally inputs a character in the wrong one, their flag will disappear.
posted by ubersturm at 4:41 PM on June 30, 2018


Can we discuss shrinking the list of flags?

I don't think we need "Other" anymore if the notes option is being implemented.
posted by carmicha at 5:33 PM on June 30, 2018 [3 favorites]


I tried to flag with an emoji. I’m not sure if it went through but I didn’t get an error. iOS Safari.
posted by eirias at 6:14 PM on June 30, 2018


I tried some cuneiform and zalgo text.
posted by runcifex at 7:03 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


I also tried with unicode characters on Firefox on mac, and it fails silently. It looks like it submits, but it actually fails and the "flagged" marker disappears.

My unicode, of course, was to flag with notes: 🎵🎶♩♪♫♬
posted by zachlipton at 7:05 PM on June 30, 2018 [4 favorites]


I can't attach a jpg, please fix
posted by AFABulous at 7:06 PM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


It seems the zalgo and cuneiform failed ("[Flagged]" text disappeared). So did my other attempt of sending a note of 10MB random binary data.
posted by runcifex at 7:12 PM on June 30, 2018


(Also I attempted to test the statement "but don't expect any new flagging functionality elsewhere on MetaTalk or the rest of the site for now" by flagging a FPP but I accidentally flagged it as "Other". The post is this one: https://www.metafilter.com/175051/An-Underground-Atlas-of-the-District-of-Columbia

Sorry!)
posted by runcifex at 7:18 PM on June 30, 2018


My enthusiasm is flagging.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:29 PM on June 30, 2018


I don't think we need "Other" anymore if the notes option is being implemented.

I always thought "other" should be the option with a note field.
posted by rhizome at 8:14 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


Pick a reason to flag:
Fantastic comment
Double or HTML display error
It breaks the guidelines
Add note...
posted by jamaro at 8:46 PM on June 30, 2018


Hm, wait, not quite right because "Add note" Implies one can add a note to one of the above flags.

Other...
(lacks discoverability that a note can be added)

Flag with note
(maybe)

Freeform, go nuts
(sounds familiar)
posted by jamaro at 8:49 PM on June 30, 2018


Seems to have worked just fine from an elderly iPad Air running safari ummmm I have no idea which version.
posted by mygothlaundry at 8:52 PM on June 30, 2018


Flagged due to missed opportunity to title this post “Fun With Flags”. Quite vexing.

/cough
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:01 PM on June 30, 2018 [5 favorites]


I like "Other..." because the ellipsis in menu items is a long-standing convention in user interfaces that an additional interface with more options will be presented, so I think it's fairly discoverable. But so many of the old rules of user interfaces have been broken in the last decade or so, maybe this isn't as standard a part of the grammar of user interfaces as it used to be. Probably have to check with some of the Kids These Days to know if it's still obvious.
posted by biogeo at 9:02 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


I will note that we landed on "Flag with note..." after literal years of going around on this. This is not to say that there is no possible improvement there, so much as to say, y'know, we're gonna run with "Flag with note..." for now so we don't go insane trying to polish it any more in the short run. We can always massage it later.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:24 PM on June 30, 2018 [2 favorites]


Has it always been the case that you can't remove a flag?

It seems you can't see your own note, much less edit it. People's second thoughts are often more focused and nicer than their first thoughts.

Also, I thought this was broken at first, because it's not obvious that you select "flag with note" and then click it. And it looks like the non-note options have to be clicked again too?

You could solve both problems by letting the selection take place immediately, but allowing 60 seconds to unflag/reword.
posted by zompist at 10:48 PM on June 30, 2018 [1 favorite]


Possibly worth noting is that if you click to flag, select freeform, and then don't put in text, you can't click to flag anything else until you've either saved or cancelled the first interaction. I can see where this could be confusing or frustrating, especially since previous behavior was that you can click flag, not select a reason, and then click flag on a different problem, no problem. (Which is sort of what I expected this to do when I tested it--I assumed that clicking to flag a different comment would cancel the first.)
posted by mishafletch at 10:51 PM on June 30, 2018


I can no longer double-flag something, but now I'm on my laptop running Firefox 60 on Ubuntu (I was using Firefox Focus on my iPhone before). So I don't know if it's because of something that was changed in the code, or if it's just that I'm on a different system now. Sorry, I thought this would be helpful, but the more I write the less helpful it seems.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 10:55 PM on June 30, 2018


I'm not seeing anything double flagged by you, shapes that haunt the dusk, so either you were mistaken about doubling up (not a problem!) or you were able to flag something twice, but it only showed up on our end once (we'd want to fix that).

If anyone finds that they can flag twice, do let us know!

For general info, once you've flagged something with any flag option, instead of seeing the "!" you should now see "[Flagged]," whether in the thread or viewing recent activity.
posted by taz (staff) at 11:45 PM on June 30, 2018


Oh, good to know! Yeah, when I was on my phone, I flagged something, and then in Recent Activity it looked like I could flag the same comment again. I wasn't sure if you'd seen two different flags, or if it was just a weird fluke -- when I tried to flag with a note the second time, it just immediately went to [flagged]. So it could have just been a weird caching(?) thing on my end, or something.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 11:50 PM on June 30, 2018


very possible!
posted by taz (staff) at 12:15 AM on July 1, 2018


I should add that if one has RA already open another tab, I wouldn't expect that a comment there would automatically update to "Flagged" without a refresh or reload.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:19 AM on July 1, 2018


Okay, and trying this specifically, I see that with RA already open, once I've flagged something and then go to flag the same comment in RA (where I'm still seeing the "!" because I haven't reloaded), I CAN seemingly flag again, but in fact it does not show up in mod flag queue. I'll let frimble know.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:24 AM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


Worked great on my end, Opera 52 on Ubuntu
posted by mannequito at 12:45 AM on July 1, 2018


Okay, and trying this specifically, I see that with RA already open, once I've flagged something and then go to flag the same comment in RA (where I'm still seeing the "!" because I haven't reloaded),

Yeah, I think that’s what happened.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 12:53 AM on July 1, 2018


All working as expected on Brave browser, iPhone SE, iOS 11.4.
posted by daisyk at 1:54 AM on July 1, 2018


I flagged a few comments as "other" trying to launch the freeform field. Then I realised that I needed to scroll down, same as above.

However, I wouldn't recommend losing the 'other' option. Drive by "oh, I don't know but LOOK" is useful, I guess.

Pick a reason to flag takes up one slot on the menu but I figure you still need it there.

I'm on Android, fairly small screen (S5 mini)
posted by freethefeet at 1:56 AM on July 1, 2018


I flagged shapes that haunt the dusk’s comment just above mine with 🏳️ and it apparently worked—I see [Flagged] by that comment now.
posted by daisyk at 1:57 AM on July 1, 2018


I guess the issue is that it isn't immediately obvious that it is possible to scroll that menu.
posted by freethefeet at 1:57 AM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


Fwiw the dropdown list works fine for me on iOS despite its length. Like all dropdowns, it brings up a separate panel where the keyboard would go, instead of trying to fit it onto the screen (random example image).
posted by daisyk at 2:03 AM on July 1, 2018


... Oh. On refreshing the page, the [Flagged] by shapes that haunt the dusk’s comment has vanished for me. I see the [!] again. So I guess the note with emoji didn’t actually work.
posted by daisyk at 2:06 AM on July 1, 2018


I tried flagging some comments here with html markup/tags, such as with script or a and did not see anything unusual after I submitted the notes. (Firefox 61, Win7.) Will those tags all get sanitized/stripped out when viewing from the mod side?

If I add a URL to a note will that automatically get turned into a link on the admin popup to view the flags?

This is not related to the new functionality, but as I mentioned in the flag for LobsterMitten's comment: the images embedded in this comment are using HTTP rather than HTTPS, so I see a mixed content warning in my browser for this thread. The image paths are
http://mefi.us/images/inline_flag_not_expanded.png and
http://mefi.us/images/inline_flag_note_text.png

Also this reminds me, I am still getting a mixed content warning when I use the comment Preview button in MetaTalk. The preview loads http://mefi.us/images/mefi/feed10.gif
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:58 AM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


tags are turned into text (like so: <sometag>the text</sometag>). urls are turned into links, unless they have tags, in which case we see something like <a href="https://metatalk.metafilter.com/24838/Help-test-flagging-with-a-free-form-text-field">Link</a>.
posted by taz (staff) at 4:50 AM on July 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


LOVE. IT! Working fine for me! Now I just need to keep "dead goat" in ctrl-c, click flag with note, ctrl-p, voila!

teehee
posted by bologna on wry at 6:00 AM on July 1, 2018 [3 favorites]


No error message for flagging with the Treaty of Westphalia. Win10; Chrome: Version 67.0.3396.62 (Official Build) (32-bit)
posted by radwolf76 at 6:01 AM on July 1, 2018 [4 favorites]


What we see gets cut off after a certain number of characters.
posted by taz (staff) at 6:17 AM on July 1, 2018


I know I've flagged stuff recently but I don't remember seeing "Offensive/Sexism/Racism" before. Is that newish?
posted by cooker girl at 6:36 AM on July 1, 2018


We've had that for ... over 10 years! On Metafilter, that might be considered newish? :P
posted by taz (staff) at 6:43 AM on July 1, 2018 [5 favorites]


What we see gets cut off after a certain number of characters.

That happens to me and 19th Century novels.
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:48 AM on July 1, 2018 [5 favorites]




HAHA!! I should DEFINITELY pay closer attention to stuff!
posted by cooker girl at 9:45 AM on July 1, 2018


Looks good and works fine for me. Win 7 64-bit, Firefox 61.0, Modern dark mode with Stylus enabled to overwrite the painful contrast of the 3 pixel bar on top, page magnified to 110%.
posted by monopas at 2:27 PM on July 1, 2018


Successfully flagged first comment in thread with note that's longer than this post. Safari for iOS 10.3.3 (my iPad is so old it can't run anything newer).
posted by Doktor Zed at 2:57 PM on July 1, 2018


Looks great here. Safari for iOS X (10.9.5).
posted by duffell at 5:43 PM on July 1, 2018


Also, I flagged as "Hey, LobsterMitten is doing that THING again." Assuming you knew what I meant.
posted by duffell at 5:54 PM on July 1, 2018


The "cancel" button for the note modal doesn't respond to Escape key in Mac OS 10.13.5.

Esc doesn't cancel in
- FireFox 60.0.2
- Brave 0.23.19 rev 178c3fb
- Safari 11.1.1 (13605.2.8)
- Chrome 67.0.3396.99 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Another keyboard issue
After I click the bang, the menu is highlighted/selected showing "pick a reason to flag"
If I type F, D, H, N, O, or I, the first item beginning with that letter* is selected and submitted.

* yes, those letters aren't unique, and if you're rewording them anyway please make them unique.
posted by Jesse the K at 1:02 PM on July 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


Please increase the target size for the I want to flag button. It's hard to hit with a mouse/trackpad; it's impossible for me to hit on my phone. To flag on mobile I have to double the screen size: do you want that friction?

I suggest creating a glyph like the fabulous STAFF badge. It would say
[FLAG]
and be much less mysterious than the +/! combo now. Perhaps people don't flag because they don't know what the [!] means?
posted by Jesse the K at 1:03 PM on July 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh man I go away for the weekend and this happens? I should go away more often. Flagged as fan-fucking-tastic.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 1:25 PM on July 2, 2018


What we see gets cut off after a certain number of characters.

So you're saying I was wasting my time when I flagged every post in this thread with the text of the Magna Carta?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 3:30 PM on July 2, 2018


Successfully flagged the top-level post with an assortment of 100 different flag emoji. 👍
posted by D.Billy at 6:00 AM on July 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


So you're saying I was wasting my time when I flagged every post in this thread with the text of the Magna Carta?

Flagged for not using the Treaty of Westphalia
posted by nubs at 8:08 AM on July 4, 2018 [5 favorites]


I would be glad to see this as an option (text field for flagging). I recently flagged a couple of posts because I didn't feel the comments were helpful - someone trying to point out that another's opinion was wrong. I would have liked to give my reasons for flagging but "offensive" didn't feel right in that situation.

I rarely flag posts but when I do, it's usually when someone tries to belittle a poster's comment.
posted by sundrop at 12:35 PM on July 4, 2018


What we see gets cut off after a certain number of characters.

How many characters? Could we maybe get a hard stop at the limit rather than just having the flag explanation silently truncated?
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 4:50 PM on July 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


I think right now it's about 2500 characters, which is frankly way way too much but allows us to account for outlier long stuff. When we roll this out we'll emphasize the focus on short notes; almost nothing in this field should get to even 10% of that, basically.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:03 PM on July 4, 2018


Ah yeah that sounds like plenty. Probably no need for a hard stop in that case. Good ol' Metafilter, the one place where it's still OK to talk in full sentences.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:18 PM on July 4, 2018


I know this doesn't matter, but I can't stop myself: The "!" flag icons are still shrinking for me if I cancel out of flagging a comment. Before clicking, the A tag has class="flag". After canceling out, it has class="flag icon-flag", and the icon-flag class sets a smaller font-size. I'm using the Modern Dark theme.
posted by whatnotever at 9:18 PM on July 4, 2018


Update, this is now live across the site - thank you everyone for helping to test in here! There's also a new thread for discussion/troubleshooting.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:50 AM on July 6, 2018


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