Appeals Forum - Discussion/User Issues
I wanted to discuss the appeals section of the forum. The current layout isn’t conducive to assisting players. As is stands each time an appeal is made anyone on the forum can respond to a player’s individual appeal.
This can lead to issues.
First off to post an appeal already doxxes the user’s location and might prevent more private players from reporting issues. If a player were to be submitting a removal appeal on the forums this automatically could put a target on them from other players/abusers. This does not allow for a safe environment and sets users up to be harassed.
The current set up allows other users to chime in with unrelated information to the appeal and clog the appeal section.
I believe appeals should be entirely private between the user and mod/admin responding. This allows a safe environment for all users to not fear threats/abuse from other potential users.
We’ve seen with recent issues people coming on the forums just to threaten other users for exposing large scale abuse. This immediately puts a target on themselves and their play area players may wish to retaliate against someone doing the right thing.
While all cases may not be extreme there is no benefit for other users to be involved in someone’s appeal, whether its location removal, location edit, or even a title change as most users on the forum are not local to the edit and generally will know have the same knowledge about a location as a local.
I hope you review this and take this in consideration.