Between us over the last few months John and I have have sacks full of PMs and on-thread complaints about people ruining the forum or posting dodgy stuff yet we just don't see people hitting the report button.
A good example was one of the spam posts last month for the union Lions and a streaming TV service. When I got to the thread there were over 60 views but only one single report. What if that one person hadn't bothered? It was at a time of day that I normally don't come on the forum so it could have sat there for a while. Same with the rare, thankfully, porn spam we get occasionally, lots of views, no or few reports. I'd much rather get 60 reports on a spam thread or seriously abusive comment than risk getting none at all.
Same with the blatant trolls on the forum. Why reply to them calling them a troll rather than just hit report? I accept that it's harder with the subtle trolls but then that's what "ignore" is for. We've tried to help you by telling you how to use it (click on your name on the top right of the forum, click "manage ignore prefs" and add the person you don't like, simple as that) but we still get plenty of people telling us that they're fed up with certain posters' posting style.
Even if you just simply don't like someone, the persistent bitterness between some past and present supporters of one Championship club in particular takes up a lot of our time, why not use the ignore function? That way, you can have the fun of knowing that you've got someone wasting their time thinking up and posting "clever" comments about you and they've wasted their time as you've got them on ignore. (Just think how useful that function would be in a typical office these days)
So, we're wondering why you lot don't use the report or ignore functions if there are people out there who really get under your skin or if you see something seriously dodgy. Is there anything we can do to help or persuade you to use them? Also, any comments on the functions and why you don't use them would be gratefully appreciated to help us understand why.
If you don't want to say publicly then a PM to either me or John Drake would be appreciated.