I was engaged in that topic and I wonder whate makes you believe some post was reported and temporarily hidden - if that would be the case should there not be at least a comment be left behind (either by the system or an admin) making it visible that a post had been removed due to which reason ever?
In case you are right and posts could be removed without any trace or comment that could make it quite difficult to follow a thread, specially if later posts had been written in reply to the removed one.
A while later it looked different. There was a hint like “Post was hidden because of community feedback” or similar - didn’t take a screenshot. There was also a link to show the post anyway.
Today it looks like a regular post again.
In another chat it was mentioned that negative feedback from other users can hide topics, so I assume that is what happened. But I am quite confused how that is supposed to work and whether someone changed something manually there.
Well, good that this happend silently and confusingly, while my question in post 46 above still remains unanswered. And discourse even showed whoever did this that the post was linked/referenced somewhere else…
So far so good … but what happens when the moderator confirms the post as “unwanted” by whatever reason? Will this post then be removed entirely? Any remark left like “post removed due to xxx” or the like? If not it could be a bit difficult to follow thread, specially if later posts had been written in reply to the removed one.
And usually it is not sufficient to just remove the original post. Most of the time, there are emotional responses which might need defusing by themselves and responses quoting parts of the offending text.
Transparency. From user perspective, topics appear, disappear, change miraculously. Or is it just your failing memory that it was different yesterday?
Guidelines for Moderators. There should be some guideline that mods can follow, on how to respond to certain things and how to inform users of what they did. Tracking data for the admins is of no help to the users.
@Nop in which topic do you want the admins to check what happened?
AFAIK when a post is hidden or moderated both the poster is notified, as well as the message is marked as such on the topic for the participants.
Currently moderators should be following these guidelines to decide what to moderate. Once there are per-category moderators, they will have to follow the guidelines each category decides to implement.
If there are additional processes for moderation desired, they should be proposed for discussion here.
That sounds good to me and is what I would expect in a given case. If a moderator removes a post every participant should be aware of that to keep the process transparent (as Nop pointed out in comment #14 1.). From my point of view it is a MUST to make it visible to every participant if a post has been removed, not just for the forum admins as you wrote in post #11.
I still wonder why you keep your a.m. statement vague by writing AFAIK … Can you find out and confirm what you wrote is a fact? That would be great.