[details=How posts get flagged and hidden …][quote=“FrankMcIntyre1951, post:217, topic:40953”]
I see that Trimble has hidden my post …
Not true. It says quite clearly:
This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.
This forum runs the Discourse engine, and is hosted by Discourse servers.
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.)[/details]