Continuing the discussion from Upcoming Change to Add Location:
Broken out as a new thread, in the Meta category, as it’s really off-topic for the original thread.
Not true. It says quite clearly:
This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.
Community members (with sufficient privileges) have the ability to flag posts as “off-topic”, “spam”, “inappropriate” (ie violating the guidelines,) or administrative action required (with reason / comment.)
So the idea is that the community itself polices the forum to a large extent, reducing the time that admins or moderators need to deal with many little things. So (according to certain admin threshold settings) a given number of certain types of flags by community members, result in posts being hidden, and transgressors being notified (so that for example they can modify the tone or naughty words etc. in the “flagged” post.)
The flagging button appears at the bottom of each thread, and below each individual post (but is often hidden beneath the ellipses, which when clicked displays a set of seldom used buttons.)
There is no evidence that any member(s) assigned flags improperly.
Just because I used an offhand conjecture does not mean it is true.
Besides, it is a subjective thing.
Who’s to say that any particular member’s opinion as to what is inappropriate is invalid ?
… or what they feel is flooding the thread with the same opinion over and over and over ?
… or what they think is a tone that is just a bit too nasty for a Memorial Day weekend ?
… or what they see as a business advertisement tacked onto the end of nearly every post ?
… or whatever …
(Just guesses, but I’ve “heard through the grapevine” that one of the above, was a reason for one of the flags.)
It is called “community standards”. It is not chiseled in stone. The standard can change depending upon who is reading the thread.
This is by design, otherwise there might be retaliation, … or flame wars, … or threats, etc.
Discourse is designed to help prevent this.
Secondly, it usually requires more than one flag by members to trigger the system into collapsing the post.
And then, please realize that the post can still be viewed, if a reader clicks on the “View hidden content.” link below the “This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.” message.