I think there’s two reasons -
- Some flaggers are weak, whiny babies who wouldn’t have the courage to speak up if they were face to face with someone, and enjoy the power of being a tough guy through anonymity
- Some flaggers are only sporadic forum users and are unaware of the backstory behind a particular post or poster. The bad posters’ bad behavior is done specifically to manipulate these casual forum users and try to rile them up against those of us who do see their behavior for what it is.
For example, I had a post flagged earlier that questioned the sincerity of a trouble-making poster. He presented a phony (in my belief) scenario that, if true, would have deserved to elicit compassion and guidance from the forum community. However, myself and many other ‘regulars’, are familiar enough with this poster’s behavior to question the validity of what he said.
It’s very similar to pan-handlers you see on the street. How many of us believe the sob stories they have written on their cardboard signs? How many more of us would give money to them if we knew that every one’s story was actually true?
The forum posters who get our ire are similar to the panhandlers making up phony sob stories because they don’t want to work for a living. It’s insulting, offensive, and utterly disrespectful to the people who actually do have real problems, as well as the people they’re trying to con into helping them.
Some of the flaggers are too naive to understand they’re being taken for a ride and the bad posters are simply wasting everyone’s time, and taking resources away from those who actually need real assistance, and doing it for no reason but their own entertainment.
These misguided flaggers flag * us * because they’ve fallen for the sob story of the bad posters and don’t realize it’s nothing more than manipulation and deserving of any snark or less-than-kind comments it receives.