I'm working on the forum post report tool for the next version of my site which is getting very close to beta and I'm stuck on some conceptual work. I have to decide how to handle reported forum posts that are the first post in a thread. The issue there is by removing it outright then the first reply becomes the original post which would not work logically...sort of like joining a conversation after a question was asked but not hearing anything until the first answer. I could leave the post itself but replace the post's text with some placeholder TOS violation text though that wouldn't work.
As for posts that are not the first post in a thread I'll just have them removed easily enough. Any way I'm interested in hearing how others have or would handle this sort of predicament?