subexpression - 6:15 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'd support a Report Spam function also. If enough members Report Spam, the reply is nixed from public view. Mods/Admins can then clean up later. I've seen it in action and it works like a charm.
You mean something like the Youtube comments?
They use a "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" icon voting method to determine if a post is hidden from view...and a Spam flag icon.
My concern is that user-moderated forums are subject to abuse.
The Yahoo Answers forums are horrible in this respect.
I've witnessed several instances where disgruntled users gang up and report other users...to get their posts deleted.
Because there is such a high volume of complaints in the queue, moderators tend to just believe the report without checking the Original Post.
Reporting Spam seems like a great idea, but it opens the door for user-moderated abuse.