I just acted on a flag with the “Hide post + PM user” action. I think this was the first time I did it, and I wasn’t expecting it to just send a automated PM for me. Every other “send a PM” action in Discourse triggers a self-composed PM.
I also didn’t know that it would be sending from our designated
site_contact_username, in Meta’s case @codinghorror.
I’m suggesting two changes:
Create pre-composed message instead of sending it straight away
I would have preferred to add an extra line or two about why I exactly I was hiding this post. It was from a brand new user who had just misunderstood the difference between Meta and Try.
The PM should be sent by the moderator
It makes much more sense that the PM comes from me. I’m the one who did the moderation, and I’m the one who should be notified if the user replies to the PM.
In cases when the moderator should be kept anonymous, just log in as the @system user.