Throughout my rather long stay on the forums, I’ve noticed something whenever I flag posts. As the now inactive @Boeing707 used to always say, why isn’t there a flagging option for the most common flag reasons?
What it is now:
Right now, the options are ‘Inappropriate’, ‘Off-topic’, ‘Spam’ or ‘Something else’. I find myself using the ‘something else’ button a lot more than the rest, the reason?..
What I think should change:
Most posts and topics that are flagged right now are due to them being Duplicates. Whilst I don’t necessarily think that the flag number, particularly for new users, should go up just because of a duplicate topic, I do think that there should be an option for ‘duplicate’.
Firstly, I can’t imagine how many flags the moderators get every day, and I’m sure the vast majority of those are for duplicate topics, as they are quite common (please use the search feature, guys… please!). It must be annoying for them to have to sort through all of these. Secondly, as one of the most common flags, I see it as more important and valuable than some of the other flagging options - there’s certainly space to add one more.
I’m not sure if this should be on meta.discourse.org or here though so please advise!
Feel free to comment your opinions below, be it for or against. I’m interested in hearing your sides of the story.