Last month, as part of our ongoing plan
for fighting spam, we introduced the ability
for NCs to suspend a member specifically for spamming. By using this spam-blocking feature, your actions directly strengthen our spam-fighting efforts; Ning’s internal team is notified of questionable accounts whenever you ban a spammer. In an effort to carry that idea even further, next week we’re adding the ability for NCs to give trusted members of their Ning Network the ability to flag — and hide — inappropriate content.
With this new feature, content that is flagged will not be visible to visitors or regular members, while remaining visible for the Network Creator, Administrators and members you allow to flag. The person who posted the original content can still see it. Once flagged, you and your trusted agent(s) can choose to leave it hidden, delete it, or even reverse the flag and make it visible again. It’s a great way to distribute moderation abilities among an inner circle of trusted members, but to still maintain complete control over what content is ultimately removed.
This new feature will not only help you combat spam and enforce your community guidelines, it also alerts internal Ning teams about spam or sexual content that may violate Ning’s Terms of Service
. As you flag, you’re helping us collect data that strengthens our ability to keep objectionable content out of your Ning Networks so your members can feel free to participate safely and without distraction.
How does it work?
Once this feature is live, as an NC you’ll see a new box on the lower-left-hand corner of each member’s profile page. Check the “Allow Content Flagging” box to make your trusted member a Content Flagger. You can, of course, revoke that ability at any time. Your appointed Content Flaggers will be listed as such in the Manage > Members section of your Ning Network, so you’ll also be able to easily take note of which members you have designated as Content Flaggers.
By default, all Ning Network Creators and Administrators Ning Networks will have this ability. So, if you’re perfectly happy with your current moderation approach, you won’t need to change a thing.
For more on how to enable this feature for members of your Ning Network, visit the Ning Help Center and read all about it
: We're aware of an issue with blog commenting and content flagging that affects Internet Explorer 8 and are releasing a fix for it in the coming days.