Thanks for the support!
I understand your hesitancy. You wouldn't necessarily have to scour the forums for "problematic posts" or anything like that. As an example, if you happen to see a spam post popping up while you're online, then you could quote it on the Members' Union topic and encourage the user not to spam, but I understand if you aren't able to make a commitment like that.
As for it being a "step above the Member role" (which it seems like you view in an unfavorable light), I actually disagree. Moderators and Members have been doing this for a long time, but we've never had a topic dedicated to it. I also made sure to run my idea past the Moderators beforehand, so it has their full support.
Yup, that is my view on the subject as well.
That's a fair point. I certainly don't want to make more work for the moderators. As I mentioned above, though, I already approached the Moderators with this idea to get their feedback, and they all believe it is a good step to take. As for it making more work for them, I don't believe it will. In fact, it will make less work for them. Prior to the creation of this topic, we have had to put warning posts on scattered topics all across the forums. If they are centralized on one topic, however, it makes it much easier for the Moderators to view them and take action rather than having to first sift through multiple topics to find them.
As for flagging, that system is largely invisible to the Members since only the Moderators who work behind the scenes can see flags unless they add up substantially and hide a user’s post. This topic has been made so that "warnings" are not lost in a topic or ignored.
That is always the hope, but I have observed that warnings are often ignored, forgotten, or not even seen for whatever reason. Having a dedicated topic makes it much easier to see the warnings and gives them a bit more credibility than they might have otherwise.
Having the warnings all in one place is also an excellent way to keep the community accountable since it's an ever-present reminder of what is against the rules and what isn't. I hope it will help new users to learn the ropes much faster.
What, an acronym for SPAM? Personally, I thought "Superfluous Posts And Messages" would be accurate.