Over the last few weeks, the number of reported posts has skyrocketed. A number of them are legitimate. However, a significant amount of reports are not.
This is an issue. Why?
Whenever someone reports a post for breaking a forum rule, moderators receive instantaneous emails. A number of us need to drop what we are doing -- usually in the middle of the evening as we are spending quality time with our families and friends -- to attend to reported posts. This is unfair for moderators, myself included.
So, before you click that report button, consider this first: Does the post I am reporting break a forum rule? If it does, report it. Simple as that. The rules are here. Before you mention Rule #15 (Political discussions), that rule is still in place in all areas of the site except for the Politics forum.
In very specific cases, it might be prudent to report a post even if it does not break a rule. However, if you constantly report posts that do not break any rules for trivial matters, you will be subject to a 10 day ban. Simple as that.
The moderators here do an excellent job staying on top of reported posts. The number of illegitimate reports has gone up to the point where it's actually affecting our personal lives. This needs to stop and the threat of a 10 day ban looks like the only way we can curb these actions.
In the next couple of weeks, the rules will be simplified and streamlined so they are easier for all to understand and remember.