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Actually, quite a few forums have a "problem post reporting" feature. vBulletin has one that puts a link in each post that lets members report it as a problem by sending an email to the moderators for that forum.
One really good enhancement for that feature is to replace the email notification with a post in a private (viewable only by mods/admins) "Problem Posts" forum - this enables mods to reply when they deal with an issues, and for other mods to quickly spot which items are still open. This is currently a third-party hack for vBulletin, but it will easily double the productivity of your mods because they won't end up chasing the same problems.
Most forums do have a "report post to admin", but I was looking for product that will more or less be moderator-free forum that is policed by the community itself.
I hope I'm clear this time around. Trying to find a product with such support is, so far, been impossible.
That sounds like a neat idea if your membership is responsible and involved. I imagine that some forums would find it problematic, either from lack of a large enough number of "flaggers" or due to flagging wars in which members attack the posts of other members they don't like.
One interesting variation that occurs to me is the awarding of flagging privileges to designated members, creating a class of mini-moderators. Or, offer flagging privileges automatically after, say, 200 posts, but make them revokable if abused.
Please let us know if you find a solution that meets your needs.
It is a bit surprising, but my guess is that we don't see it because it would be too easy to manipulate in many forum situations. I think it's certainly worth a try, though.
Overall, the key is being sure that members behave in a responsible way. A threshold number of posts to earn flagging power and loss of posting privileges for abuse of the system would probably work nicely.
It is a bit surprising, but my guess is that we don't see it because it would be too easy to manipulate in many forum situations.
Visit some of the stock investment discussion sites. Where this feature has been available, it has been widely abused. To the point where people have written software to automate the process of having a poster "ignored" by hundreds of accounts.