The off-topic category creates a disproportionately heavy load in terms of moderation, given that it is both prolific, where most flags come from, and of least relevance to SAFE.
Moderation is a valuable finite resource, and needs to ensure that this forum meets the needs of SAFE related stuff first, and anything else second or not at all.
I am willing to pay attention to off-topic, but can’t give it a priority, so given we don’t have many active mods at the moment, I shall from now on pay little attention to moderating Off-topic.
I request that flags be limited to stuff that is either:
- in categories relevant to SAFE (i.e. everything except Off-topic)
- in Off-topic but of a serious nature. Threats, reputational damage to the community, swearing etc.
Where there are other concerns in Off-topic, try to resolve them directly first, through posts or PMs with those whose posts you deem problematic, and of course bring in a mod regardless of policy if you want advice or assistance.
I’m not trying to create a no-mod zone, just reduce the time spent moderating stuff that is not our highest priority.
All feedback is welcome, by reply or PM.