The moderation team has been noticing a few issues popping up recently on quite a regular basis.
The first of which is the failure of forum members to utilise the flag feature, whilst instead posting solely to confront another user. If a post or topic needs staff attention, flag it. Replying to challenge someone only makes the situation worse and incites an arguement. Many times over the last few weeks, threads that could have been quickly closed and dealt with by a moderator have instead somewhat erupted in conflict between community members. The actions of others does not give you a free pass to act in an immature manner as well - the same names do indeed keep cropping up and moderators will start handing out suspensions if this becomes a repeat issue. We have already issued many official warnings about this isuse. Just remember; flag it, do not engage, and simply let a moderator deal with it.
On the other hand, we have also been picking up on an issue at the other end of the spectrum - too much of what can only be described as petty flagging.
Flags should be reserved for obvious violations of forum guidelines, not extremely minor offences. We’re not trying to put you guys off flagging when necessary - just make sure it is warranted and not just a case of differing opinions or nitpicking. Also, please refrain from flagging older posts - that off-topic post from June 2015 definitely doesn’t “require staff attention”.
We’d like to also remind the community that the 20 character rule will be enforced, and we have sent many warnings and removed many posts recently because of this, and will continue to do so as this appears to be an increasingly big issue around the forum. If your post does not consist of 20 characters, we would invite you to consider if your post is a productive and essential contribution.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can’t thank you all enough for the efforts of all our regulars and community members to make this community truly the best feature of Infinite Flight!