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On private beta I understand the team are moderators.
Who is notifed when a post is flagged in a private beta?

I also understand how an offensive flag is raised and handled.
What are the spam and offensive flags, and how do they work?

What I'd like to know, how does one get reasonably swift moderator attention for am offensive post in private beta, where there may not be many users online?

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The comment is making fun of a question posted by a user with ESL (English as a Second Language), obviously not in the prefered hemisphere. Not on.

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gather people who should flag – Jan Dvorak Oct 13 '13 at 17:30
@Skippy, what post.... I'll be there in a minute – psubsee2003 Oct 13 '13 at 17:36… @psubsee2003 – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:41
young guys getting a little over the top with humor – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:42
side question: how did a private beta manage to get an offensive post? – Jan Dvorak Oct 13 '13 at 17:44
@JanDvorak Meta joking going too far, it was not meant to be offensive, but is really inappropriate.. it will all be good.. not to worry.. enough on this topic, just wanted someone to step in before we had a bar room brawl – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:46
@JanDvorak it's borderline in terms of what we would normally call offensive and is from a higher rep user in the Private Beta, but if someone who was the target of the joke took offense (and I can understand why they would), it doesn't belong – psubsee2003 Oct 13 '13 at 17:47
@Jan Dvorak: – BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 13 '13 at 17:47
if it's the image linked to by BoltClock'saUnicorn that's in question, I don't really find it offensive and I'd just let it slip. – Jan Dvorak Oct 13 '13 at 17:52
@Jan Dvorak: I was answering your side question with that image :) I can't see what's in the question as I'm not in the private beta. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 13 '13 at 17:56
@Skippy the post is gone now (not sure if it was a self delete due to downvotes or not), but the bad part is you are the only person on the site who can still see it. – psubsee2003 Oct 13 '13 at 18:00
@Skippy leave it... there are far worse on MSO. – psubsee2003 Oct 13 '13 at 18:03
@Skippy - Did you consider just asking the user to edit the post or remove it? I don't see it as being so offensive as to warrant the user losing 100 reputation. – jmort253 Oct 13 '13 at 18:38
@Skippy - Makes sense. I can understand not wanting to get in the middle of a conflict. If it comes to conflicts or just flagging, flagging is always the better option. I just assume sometimes that people are going to play nice when we tell them things, but unfortunately that isn't always the case..... – jmort253 Oct 15 '13 at 2:59
@jmort253 in my case, I am trying to break old habits and wanting to do the right thing simultaneously.. I was really offended by the post and comment, and just wasn't the right person to deal with it, knowing how the system works, I didn't want it sitting there for a prolonged period and risking any more comments being posted, and the stakes getting higher in terms of any emotional incense.. if that makes sense. So, unfortunately, make it more public, by coming here, but I knew we'd find people with enough rep to deal with it. Our site is doing well overall, don't want to give the wrong idea. – user234193 Oct 15 '13 at 3:11
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You won't get very fast reaction times during the private beta. Only SE employees handle the flags at that point, so the delay will be usually higher than after the moderator appointments. But in my experience they usually check regularly enough that this is not a problem in most cases.

If there is a serious incident that requires a faster reaction, usually someone will notify SE. Typically a user that is already a moderator on another site will ping someone from SE in the mod-only chat to make them aware of the situation.

And as ChrisF mentioned, offensive posts can be handled by the community alone, if everyone does the correct thing and uses the offensive flags.

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yup, it was just there was a post, I flagged, really out of line, then a comment, which was not going in the right direction.. Seriously out of line for a global community.. just younger guys getting carried away – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:44

When a post reaches 6 offensive flags the system automatically deletes the post.

Therefore all you need to do is find five other users to flag the post as well and poof it'll disappear.

Use chat to gather reinforcements, or if all else fails and if the post is really offensive invite some other users into the beta for the express purpose of flagging.

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5 users on private beta :) that's why I am here, particularly when some users find it funny.. – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:42
@Skippy - in that case send out some invites to other users who'll be more sympathetic. The additional problem this weekend is that the community team are all en-route to NYC. – ChrisF Oct 13 '13 at 17:43
Ah didn't know, would explain it.. when the cat's away and all that :) – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:44
Duh, the correct solution is to engage an employee who can then delete it with a single red flag. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 13 '13 at 17:48
@BoltClock'saUnicorn that's what I'm trying to do ;) so how do I find one, we have 10,000 SMO ninjas here, there's got to be one or two hahaha – user234193 Oct 13 '13 at 17:59
@Skippy, If there are a total of 5 users on this private beta, why is it so urgent to get this post deleted instantly? I suspect the right answer is to flag it, take a deep breath, and let existing processes handle it. – D.W. Oct 14 '13 at 5:33
@D.W. that was my original intention, then an inappropriate comment was posted under it, so I wanted to source a mod, rather than go into a head to head confrontation, as that's what would have happened at that time, as being Australian, with an Asian father, I was becoming increasingly upset, by the joke re people's poor English and I figured it may also offend others and didn't want it to become a big problem, o so it's here on SMO, but we're all happy again in our private beta.. I can here to find suitable mod.. savvy? – user234193 Oct 14 '13 at 6:13
Oh and there's 170 user's but there were only a few floating around at that time and two of them were ok with the post.. do you think the posts are ok? @D.W. you need to translate it to fit your nationality... given we are trying to form a consensus in a new community, it's not really good to poke fun at different nationalities.. – user234193 Oct 14 '13 at 6:15

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