Recently, I have seen lots of people complaining about getting flagged, or feeling guilty because of being flagged, etc. I just wanted to let everyone know of what I think of flags. I felt guilty of being flagged once, and @t1_hopscotch reminded me that a flag could just be a little reminder. I completely agree. Flags aren’t there to make you feel bad about yourself, but to help you learn and grow! You will probably be angry for being flagged, or maybe even sad, so let’s talk about the different types of ways you can get flagged and what they really mean.
First, let’s talk about the Off-Topic flag. Here’s what it looks like:
The Off-Topic flag means that a post you made in a specific topic is not related to the current discussion going on in that topic. Let’s say that User1 went into the ‘Say Happy Birthday!’ topic and posted: “I like tacos.” User2 could flag them for being off-topic. To me, the off-topic flag is just a friendly reminder to keep all posts related to Hopscotch, or the discussions going on in the forum. Always remember to post appropriately in what the discussion is about.
Next, let’s talk about the Inappropriate flag. Here’s what it looks like:
The Innapropriate flag means that someone made a post that someone would consider mean, offensive, or a violation of the community guidelines. This is the worst flag, but probably the best reminder. People usually overreact when they see they got their post flagged for being innapropriate, but this is just a reminder to remember to show kindness, and empathy. Remember to always include people in your discussions, and always be careful of what you say!
Finally, let’s talk about the Spam flag. Here’s what it looks like:
The Spam flag means that the post that someone made isn’t useful to the current topic being discussed, but could be useful in a different topic. This flag is a friendly reminder to check the topic before you post in it, and make sure that it matches to what everyone else is discussing. We don’t want to clog the forum!
I’m certain that after you read this, it will change the way you think about flags, and flagging posts!
Thanks for reading this, and I hope you found it helpful! :D