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Flagged for moderation

eighty8eighty8 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited March 27 in Community & Forum Issues
I was in the middle of editing a post I recently posted before it disappeared and a statement that it was "flagged for moderation" appeared. What caused it to be flagged? Will I be able to continue editing it before it gets approved and posted by a mod (assuming my post is found to be fine)?

Replies to: Flagged for moderation

  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 29,956 Super Moderator
    Note the last sentence:

    "Your post has been flagged for moderation. Your comment will appear only if it is approved. If your post violates the TOS it will not be published. Common violations include disallowed links and profanity."

    You can repost without the included links or profanity.
  • eighty8eighty8 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited March 27
    I don't recall any links or profanity in my post. That's what's got me stumped. It was a post that merely provided some background about myself and reasons for applying to a certain school. If it was misconstrued and offended anyone, I truly apologize...but like I said, I don't recall any content that would have violated the TOS.

    Can a moderator PM me about it and point out what I did wrong...if my post is still around for them to review? Could someone have hit the "flag" button accidentally? Does it take multiple flags to take down a post?
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 29,956 Super Moderator
    edited March 27
    Right, you may not recall, and teens don't recognize profanity so well, or it could have been a typo. In any case, your post is gone; just post it again. Members never saw it, so no one was offended. The blocking process is automatic, not manual.
  • eighty8eighty8 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    vonlost wrote:
    Right, you may not recall, and teens don't recognize profanity so well, or it could have been a typo. In any case, your post is gone; just post it again. Members never saw it, so no one was offended. The blocking process is automatic, not manual.

    Hmm, thanks. Not a teen btw ;)

    Will think about reposting; feeling a bit discouraged about doing so after having this happen.
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 29,956 Super Moderator
    Sorry, I made an assumption about applying as an undergrad.

    When it happens just check closely; the offender is there, you’ll find it! Offending typos are hard to find; there’s time to submit, say, the first half, then the second half, to narrow it down, progressively editing your post.
  • eighty8eighty8 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited March 28
    vonlost wrote:
    Sorry, I made an assumption about applying as an undergrad.

    When it happens just check closely; the offender is there, you’ll find it! Offending typos are hard to find; there’s time to submit, say, the first half, then the second half, to narrow it down, progressively editing your post.
    No apology needed. But yes, I am applying as an undergrad. I'm an older non-traditional student. :)

    Thanks for the tips! Will keep them in mind for when I do decide to start posting again.

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 38,341 Super Moderator
    edited March 28
    When it happens just check closely; the offender is there, you’ll find it! Offending typos are hard to find; there’s time to submit, say, the first half, then the second half, to narrow it down, progressively editing your post.
    Here is a tip than can take less time: Send the message to yourself as a PM. The term that triggered the message will appear as asterisks. Edit that, and the message will go through.

    Also, be aware that in addition to profanity, any acronym that if spelled out has a profanity would likewise trigger the message.
    Could someone have hit the "flag" button accidentally?
    No. This is an automated process; the word/link triggers the message and sends the post to be manually reviewed by a moderator. We then look to see if there is indeed something that violates ToS. If there is, we reject the post. Once rejected, it is gone forever.
    Does it take multiple flags to take down a post?
    No. One is all that is needed to trigger a moderator review.
    Post edited by skieurope on
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