Resurrecting old, but not-closed thread:
It would be very useful to Admins to enable other users the option to flag a user’s profile and not just their content. The point of the flagging system is to allow members to help moderation and not make this solely the admin’s job.
The situation specifically arises when a new user creates, and specifically if they edit, their username or add a profile image.
While the content they post may be in itself acceptable, they may have chosen names or images that the community does not consider appropriate, or maybe their contribution as a whole could be unacceptable.
It is possible for admins to monitor this by keeping an eye on new registrations and on admin settings such as ‘suspicious’ users, but members can have several days (default: 3) to edit their username, so this could fly under the radar.
- member signs up as ‘nothingbutkittens’ and interacts enough to get higher trust level
- before username change deadline expires (3d), member changes username to ‘buymyproductX’ and updates profile image; continues to interact normally but each post now contains brand reference and image
- member signs up with a username that appears fine and interacts normally
- in fact username actually contains inappropriate term or reference (foreign language? e.g. ‘putamadre’) now linked, in searches, to the community
Users CAN use content flags to notify admins, or they can take the time to send private message to admins, but this seems very indirect when members are supposed to be able to help with moderation.
In putting together a draft username policy for my new Discourse-based community it seemed relatively standard to have this option (from experience) so I was surprised to see it is not currently possible. Will this feature be added?