This is a question to admins of discourse sites, and developers of discourse:
I have a long-time user on my forum who has a tendency to attract and/or enter into heated debates.
Untill now I have been dealing with individual incidents and flags on a case-by-case basis.
The user does not always explictly break the forum rules in big ways, so usually that results in minor reprimands (“agree with flag, hide post”).
I admit I have not personally given the case a lot of attention (being involved in all those discussions takes time)
I also get complaints from people who think he (and others) intentionally “flags opponents out of spite”.
I have always hoped or assumed that in the long run, the discourse system would sort of magically constrain the user based on “bad reputation over time”.
Looking back, I’m not so sure I understand the flagging system fully, or that I understand how it is supposed to be used.
I was wondering What do you think of the numbers that I have shared?
Do you think they are normal? excessive? do they say anything at all?
How would you deal with this user, and how do you think the Discourse flagging system is supposed to handle users like this one.