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Report to moderators

PolPol
edited March 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
Is there an extension (released or in progress) that lets any user report a post as needing moderator attention, perhaps via a little "report" link next to "edit", "block comment", etc., and then lets moderators (or members in roles that permit it, more generally) see a list of reports? PunBB is one forum system that includes this natively, so you can check that out to see a demonstration of what I mean.

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    TomTesterTomTester New
    edited November 2006
    Not that I know of, I'd love to have it. Since this almost implies a (pre)moderation mechanism,
    which has been discussed in several posts recently.

    Since you're on a roll (add-on wise) please let us not keep you from creating another one. :D
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    Nice Pol! I actually think that feature should be default in Vanilla.
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    Personally, I think we should keep the core feature set to a minimum. phpBB types think that cramming the core with features is what makes the software great. But we know that it's Zenlike simplicity and extensibility that make it truly great. :) Let's keep the core small, smooth, and sexy, and use extensions to cram it with features!

    I think this idea could be implemented as an extension, so most likely, it should be implemented as an extension. This is more complex than any extensions I've written so far, so I'm not going to plunge into writing this, but if anyone else wants to, I'd appreciate it greatly! :D
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    Pol, It shouldn't be too hard, what is the complex part?
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    PolPol
    edited November 2006
    It just seems like this would require adding a new database table, a whole new page and some new controls, etc. It probably wouldn't be too hard for someone more experienced, but I'm still learning how everything fits together.
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    Some notes/ideas:

    Comment-level: Status can be 'read/unread/deleted' (AFAIK *nothing* is really deleted, see past discussions on that topic) Perhaps there's room for another status ('under moderation')?

    Discussion-level:ike comments, or can we perhaps 'abuse/coopt' the sticky indicator mechanism (plus a discussion filter)? Recent discussions have requested alternate discussion level 'tags' (in addition to sticky)

    Finally, posting to "hidden categories" was recently solved/implemented. Could be useful (moderate post -> post in hidden category -> moderator reviews and re-assigns unhidden category)
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    any updates to this yet?
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    I think Pol is over complicating this. All the report to moderators button has to do is email the moderator with a link to the comment, and a message.
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    PolPol
    edited November 2006
    The problem with that arises on forums with multiple moderators. The advantage of adding reports to the database is that they could be marked as "zapped" (that's the PunBB terminology - that just marks a report as having been reviewed by a moderator), so mods would only need to see reports that no moderator has already handled.

    Such an extension would let mods elect to be emailed when there's a new report. It would then not send them any more emails until they check the report page. (That's another advantage of having the reports being stored in the database. A mod needn't receive lots of emails if, for example, there's a particularly unsuitable post that many users report. They'd receive one email, for the first report, and only after they go to the report page, handle the post, and zap all of the reports would they resume getting email.)

    Of course, at this point, I might be more comfortable writing an extension like this. :) I'm not promising it, but I may give it a try at some point.
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    Go for it. It would really help out larger forums.
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    edited December 2006
    Totally agree! A chosen role should be able to get reports. It just needs to be a small "report" button besides the "block user" or anywhere in that line.
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    I could really use a system like this as well -- if you'd like any help let me know.
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    Has anyone come up with something that will do this yet? I like frozoncold's idea of emailing the link to the discussion. Some kind of way of putting up a red flag (viewable to moderators) would be good too. Maybe a message like the one you get when there are new applicants in the system.
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    I might be releasing something like this soon. That's all I can say.
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