Over the past week or two, we have had a few people, and a few threads that have caused a bit of an uproar on the forum. However, we (mods) have received very few of these posts and threads as reported posts to help alert us to them. I am not sure if people are reluctant to use the icon, or might not be aware it is available or what it does. So I wanted to bring everyone's attention to it, and explain it.
Since the mods only have so many eyes and hours during the day to review threads and posts, the forum has a special feature which anyone can use to alert us to potential trouble spots that you think we should look at, and we encourage you to use it!
Located on every post someone makes, this small icon:
This is the "Report a post" icon. When you push this icon, you get a message box that allows you to tell us why you are reporting the post. When you submit this, it sends all the mods an email alerting them to the exact post you clicked the icon on, and giving them the message you sent.
This allows everyone to help be our eyes, looking out for spamming, unwanted advertising, harrassing or problematic posts and people, flame wars, etc. Also, in sending the message to all moderators (currently 5 of us), it increases the chances the thread will be seen as soon as possible, and appropriate action can be taken as soon as possible.
So we encourage everyone to use it if you run across a post that fits any of the categories above. It will help keep the forum a more fun, factual, and entertaining place for us to satisfy our interest in the Sky!