something really needs to be done about automatic thread locking due to the large amount of flags. This feature can be easily abused by overly sensitive people to lock down any thread. We are not kindergarten kids here, so I am sure that manual admin moderation is a sufficient measure to keep the threads somewhat civil.
On old BA, it would never happen that some threads would get locked as soon as a discussion got even a little heated. Let’s not turn this into a snowflake hugbox, and let’s not punish us for the expressing our passion about Blender when we discuss it.
It definietely has the potential to be abused. At the same time, there have been plenty of endless fights in the old forum. I think it is not that unreasonable to keep it for now. In this case, it would not have been necessary to lock it in my opinion, but how do you want a machine to detect whether it is necessary or not?
What’s happening right now is a joke in my opinion, because some mass flagging seems to take place. But this mostly started after the thread was temporarily closed.
Edit: I wrongly assumed that people were flagging posts to avoid the system. But it seems that the moderator did that manually for posts that were kind of surrounding and not on topic.
How is this different from what we already have? If a post is flagged, it gets hidden. I am not sure how many flags are needed though.
When the thread was closed, I think there were only two flagged/hidden posts. In a heated discussion, there would most likely be way more flagged posts and not just two. It might help to increase the number of hidden posts before the a thread is locked.
As far as I know, the system can’t be gamed in the way way you’re describing. One person flagging a whole bunch of posts in a thread isn’t going to trigger the autolock. However, when a lot of people begin flagging each other, that’s when there’s a clear indicator that the discussion has gotten heated and there’s value in a cool-down period.
A moderator can always unlock a thread early. In this case, though (and in yesterday’s case), it was warranted and actually helped the discussion get back on topic… at least for a little while.
In our previous forum software, a moderator could come in and try to settle things down, but it would often be too late or the moderator’s message would get ignored, forcing more drastic measures. This system really is superior.
The main problem with down-vote style hiding is that it is often used to censor opinions and turn whatever the subject is into an echo chamber for the thought police.
Back on subject of auto locking: I find it annoying, especially on a large thread with many users. Would be better to just prevent the flagged participants from posting for the same cool-down. Let everyone else keep posting.
Agree. It’s not the thread that’s the problem, it’s the careless communication of 3 or 4 people. Punish those people, if enough community members flag your posts, maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to post for 4 hours. the problem isn’t the thread, it’s the bad actors.
If you lock down the bad actors, then perhaps the quiet, polite majority could get a word about 2.8 development in edgewise.
As much as I believe in our community and supporting Blender development efforts, we really can’t be responsible for the behavior of people in places other than this site. And I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally don’t want BA to the repository for all the negativity that people don’t want to post elsewhere. I’m not interested in moderating a trash heap.