I recently hit 10,000 reputation on Travel.SE less than two weeks ago so I am new to moderating deleted posts and the moderator tools.
The two flags which led to the ban
I recently got a flag ban after two declined flags.
The two recent declined flags were as follows:
A user pretending to be Jeff Atwood posts a very rude answer
Deleted by community
Moderator edits it leaving:
removed because it was too bad to even leave in deleted version.
- I flag with the message:
redact post history as very rude please
The reason I flagged with the message is because as the mod edited it, it needs redaction as otherwise what’s the point when you can scroll back in revision history.
- The flag is declined with the following message:
declined - Redacting is not needed, enough (or more than enough) action has been already taken.
Now, I raised two of these flags for similar rude posts by the same user both of which were declined which resulted in a 7 day flag ban.
Considering I’m learning and new to 10k moderation, the first time I’ve flagged a rude post for redaction (considering the content was removed by a moderator), I don’t see why that should get me a flag ban.
What about the other 5 declined flags?
1 of those flags were a no longer needed flag on a comment which was later actioned by a moderator per this chat message.
So say 4 flags were actually declined, let’s look at them:
2 of the flags, I admit were mistakes. The other two were both related to 10k moderation. One of which was redacting a spam post (again still learning), which after was declined I posted this question on Travel.SE meta and this post on Meta.SE. Now, I understand this flag was unnecessary. The other flag was also about deleted posts but I get it is also unnecessary.
So in summary, out of 7 declined flags:
- 3 I was learning
- 1 was later actioned
- 3 were my mistake
How can I learn if I get a flag ban? We all make mistakes at first, doesn’t mean they need to be punished like this.
Let’s see how many helpful flags I have over the past 7 days, over 25.
What I suggest
In reality I had 3 actual declined flags were I just missed the make and wasn’t learning, does that deserve a 7 day ban?
I suggest deceasing the ban to 3/4 days or eliminating it all together?
This was even suggested by a moderator in chat.