From time to time on Meta there are reports of new site staff being surprised by their ability to override site settings without warning. For example, staff can reply to closed topics, staff can post to #uncategorized even if it is disabled in site settings, staff can more posts to a topic that the user cannot see, etc. (An example, another example).
I’d like to propose a just-in-time warning that appears when staff are about to do this. Something like:
Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of actions where a similar warning would be useful:
- Replying in a closed/archived topic.
- Posting in the #uncategorized category when uncategorized is disabled.
- Moving a user’s post to a topic the user cannot view.
- (Admin only) Posting in a PM the admin isn’t a participant in.