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The Why & How of Flagging Content

Posted by Kevin D. Hendricks on 10 October 2011

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One of the flaws of social networks is people. They're notoriously troublesome. Of course that's also what puts the social in social networks and makes them so wonderfully fun. Social networks give power to the people and that can create some delightful results: a new ministry launched, volunteers recruited and people lifted up in prayer in their time of need. Of course it can also create some not-so-delightful results: gossip, rudeness and spam.

That's why you have the ability to flag content on the Table.

Every piece of user-submitted content on the Table, including prayers, Serve items, discussion topics, photos and comments, can all be flagged. If you see something that shouldn't be there, you can flag it.

Here's what happens when something gets flagged:

  • It's automatically removed. No questions asked.
  • It goes into the content queue for an Admin at your church to review it.
  • The Admin will review the content and decide whether or not it should stay removed. This is a decision made by your church based on their own parameters, not us here at the Table. We let local churches do the content policing.
  • If they opt to keep the content removed, it can be deleted. If they decide the content is actually OK, they can restore it to the Table.

Content flagging is an added level of security that keeps the conversations, interactions and community safe for everyone. Churches can also choose to require that any content posted is approved by an Admin before it goes live, but that often creates a lot of work and slows down the community interaction. Flagging is a way to keep the content flowing and the community happening, but still have a way to police inappropriate content if it pops up.

How do I flag content?

  • Click the "Flag" text or the flag icon next to any piece of content.
  • Explain why you think something needs to be flagged. It might be as simple as "This is gossip," or "This is an item for sale."
  • Click ‘flag' and your church's Admin will take care of it.

People are the heart of your church and the heart of any social network. That means things can get a little messy, but that's OK. Features like content flagging are designed to keep it from getting out of hand. That means less of the troublesome downside, and more of the wonderfully fun upside.

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