One problem we now have is we don’t even know if you are reading this, or if CCP takes this seriously (even if you say they do, do they really?). We simply don’t know. At least, I don’t know, but this isn’t the first time someone has raised the issue.
I now have the additional problem of I can’t get rid of the notifications that my messages were hidden by “the community”, unless I manually open each and every notification, which really wastes my time. Is the person who decided to spam me with these notifications going to face any consequences for their abuse of the system? Are they even going to receive a warning, or will they simply feel free to do this?
I’m sure that you do not want me to respond by flagging each and every one of their messages, and I haven’t done so - but at the same time, that kind of implies CCP should do something to address this.
To repeat myself, ONE person should not have the power to unilaterally flag another person’s message. It’s absurd that “the community” is actually just a single person.
I also take issue with the fact that messages are hidden at all - even if my messages are not the ones hidden. There have been many times that I’ve tried to read a forum thread, and I have to go and unhide each and every one of the flagged messages, which many times should not have been flagged at all.
If a message is truly abusive, or spam, it should be DELETED by an official moderator. Average forum users should not have this power.
When messages were being flagged (not just mine, by the way), I could see the message pop up in the thread, and then it was instantly hidden. This shows that there was no moderator reviewing the decision, even though it says this will occur. One person was sitting there flagging every post without regard for content. You simply cannot have a forum in which any user can click on any post and decide to “hide” it - your forum will have serious problems if everyone starts doing this.
One idea I’ve always had, that I’ve never seen in any forum, is to allow the original poster of a thread to BAN people from their thread. This would make it difficult for trolls to troll someone else’s thread, and people would be able to self-moderate the threads they create. A lot of these flame wars and harassment concerns would disappear if the original poster was the moderator of their thread.