Are there problems with using flags to nominate posts for recognition?

I am currently implementing a custom badge system to recognize exceptional posts (not topics, but specific posts), while it’s great the mods can award this badge, I would also like the ability for users to nominate posts for a badge. My initial thought was to use the flag system and encourage the user to use ‘Something Else’ to notify the mods of a post that deserves a badge and then the mods decide if it should be awarded. But then I’m concerned that if a bunch of users flag a post it will be automatically hidden, which is obviously not what I want. So, a few questions:

  • Will a post be hidden if a bunch of users flag it with ‘Something Else’ or does this only apply to the other flagging options?
  • If so, where is the threshold for hide post sensitivity on low, med, high? I would hate to disable this all together, but that is the nuclear option.
  • Are there any other negatives with a post being flagged? The flags show up on the users profile to mods/admins, but are there any other problems with using the flagging this way?



G’day there, if the users are flagging the post as something else and lots of users do it it will not hide the post. If you just ignore the flag it shouldn’t effect the user that flagged it or the users post that got flagged.


You may want to check out the Retort Emoji Plugin. This may be what you’re looking for. There are 16 posts in this topic so it shouldn’t be too much to go back to the OP if desired. I linked to what I thought was the most relevant post. That discussion goes on from there. Hope this may help. :slightly_smiling_face:
There has got to be a way to have a scoring based on the civility of a post, rather than just popularity