Clarifying certain policies and rules

  1. Shooting Star

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    If a post is "reported" against, what exactly happens?
     
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  3. Greg Bernhardt

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    It alerts staff who reviews the thread in question.
     
  4. Shooting Star

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    Thanks. And where would the outcome of the whole thing posted?
     
  5. Greg Bernhardt

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    No action is officially recorded publicly.
     
  6. Shooting Star

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    So, the person who has reported against something in a post never knows whether any action has been taken at all against the OP?
     
  7. Greg Bernhardt

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    Right but, if the thread is missing or closed that is a decent sign something was done, no?
     
  8. Shooting Star

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    I'm obliged for getting matter of fact answers from you.

    If the post is edited or removed for using insulting language against somebody, the others should also know of it, because nobody's going to visit an old post. The OP should be reprimanded, depending on the degree of his misconduct. Needn't make a fuss out of it, but an example should be set. And the person with the grievance and the offender both should at least come to know of it. Public image and esteem count a lot in the forum.

    That's all. Thanks for your patience.
     
  9. Moonbear

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    We prefer to handle grievances privately rather than publicly. We do keep track of them, so if someone is repeatedly being a "trouble-maker" they will find themselves banned. If it's a one-time mistake or lapse in judgement, there's no need to embarrass them publicly. If the staff agrees there is a problem with a reported post, the person writing the post is reprimanded via private messages. Likewise, we do not reveal the identity of the people making post reports either, so there are no long-term hard feelings among members if everything gets worked out.
     
  10. Shooting Star

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    Sounds reasonable. Thanks for the replies.
     
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