"Internal Comments" for moderated community submission queue
Short, concise description of the idea
Moderators should be able to leave little "Internal Comment" like things on moderated community submissions which come in to their communities.
Full description of the idea
When a moderated community has more than one maintainer, sometimes, for one reason or another, there's an entry which is questionable and the moderators want to discuss letting it go through to the community before they actually do, or want to discuss how to word the rejection notice before they do, or they might want to say "I don't want to deal with this, but for the record foo, bar, and baz should go in the rejection notice."
These Internal Comments would only be visible to community maintainers, and would ideally disappear once the entry has been let through to the community or rejected and no longer be visible to anyone.
I really like the little red border on the ICs on support requests. They're shiny. But I'd settle for any implementation of this.
- I know this would be useful in certain support related communities when admins are discussing the moderation queue amongst ourselves.
- But I can think of other communities where this would be useful, for example moderated poetry communities where the moderators might want to vote on a poem before letting it through to the community.
- Also useful in rating comms with several maintainers.
- Comms related to a certain topic where moderators might want to discuss if something is really on topic or not.
- Any comm where the rules for what's allowed out of the moderation queue is complicated and unusual situations the moderators haven't thought of yet might come up.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- It would take slightly longer for posts to work their way through the queue if moderators insisted on everyone voting, but I was thinking this would be more a way of dealing with situations where a moderator wants to have a say in how an entry is dealt with but doesn't want to deal with it themselves 100%. So it'd be a "if you want to say something to the other moderators without rejecting or approving the post, you can, if not, leave it be."
- Someone would have to code it.
- Someone would have to document it and explain it to people who go "ooh what's this?"
- People might be confused by it.
- It'd be useless if there's only one moderator, unless the moderator wants to make notes for themselves. So it'd have to be fairly unobtrusive so as not to make more work for them.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- I like the cool red borders that show up on ICs in the support section. But I suppose that would only make sense to anyone who's ever had the privs to see them. But I think there should be some marking on them which makes it clear that they're only visible to the maintainers and will disappear as soon as it's rejected or approved.
- Make them available on the page where you write the rejection e-mail as well, so that maintainers can use it as a list of things to include in the rejection e-mail.