This has been raised many times, and marked duplicate, but recent circumstances have not been the same as before (I believe), and it is time to revisit the question with a different perspective... especially since there was debate in the linked MSO question as to whether the MSO question itself is/was appropriate. It seemed appropriate at the time, but, in retrospect, a lot of trouble, and a quicker and more appropriate response would have been available if a flag-the-moderator option in a logical place was available....
Without the flag-the-moderator, is the right answer to post to MSO?
I really don't see the problem with bringing up issues which need an urgent response/ attention up on Meta. Yes, there's the by the book, technically correct, blah blah blah way, then there are the exceptions. This is one of them
Possible duplicates that have been previously closed as duplicates:
- Add a flag link on the user's profile page (Good question!)
- Flagging profiles
- Feature request: Flag Profile
- Feature Request: Flagging Profiles (declined, not duplicate)
- Allow flagging user profiles as spam
In most cases (all?), the duplicate links point back to this question:
In that question, it is suggested that the 'flag user' is missing status-bydesign, and that moderators have the ability to flag the users, and not 'general' users.
The problem is: how do you get moderators to flag the user, when you can't easily notify the moderators?
The answer given in the question is that you should flag one of the 'abusive' things the user has done, a comment, post, chat message, etc. The assumptions are that:
- the profile itself will not be the actual problem.
- there is some activity of that user to flag.
- the 'volume' of these incidents is small.
if there is no 'action' to flag, then flag a random post and give the details in the message. This seems convoluted.
Unfortunately, it is possible to use profile-creation itself as a spam/harrassment/trolling tool.
The result is that, to report this problem, you have to flag some random post (another user's post), and then provide complicated details in the 'reason'.
There should be a better way to do this.... and a flag on the offending profile page is the right way. Even if the only option is:
flag for moderator attention. Provide reason: .....
Special things to consider:
- the offending person/profile can join any chat room regardless of their profile home-page so the profile's effect stretches beyond the home-site jurisdiction. They don't need to 'say' anything to be offensive
- the flag-user may be part of the 'privilege' escalation process, presumably like the existing flag-posts @ 15 threshold.
Removed Image showing chat rooms since it is not appropriate in all places.... you can find the image at