In my experience, people will abuse that option to get moderators to answer their question. I already seen it happen too many times elsewhere.
If nothing else, it is a sure-fire way of pissing off over-worked moderators, and could even get you banned
If that happens they should be educated, I guess we are talking about very different kinds of forums.. where I am it's just entertainment so it's not weird that they mistake the sub or something.
@a_5mith @Arc This is correct, why just don't drop a chat message to any member that has moderate privileges. Besides there is this current thing about the flagging system that wasn't 100% planned in my opinion, and that is that users with the moderate privilege can't see the reason that a topic is flagged for.
Now you can say the reason why has been flagged, that's why I'm proposing this now.. otherwise would be a imposible to find out what that auto-flag means.
@Pixel I'm- a little worried by the prospect of the flag button becoming a "call flight attendant" button.
Maybe but that depends on the moderator, whether he is a "call flight attendant" or not. If you flag your own post in a forum about smartphones and ask the mod "Hi, can you help me to unbrick my mobile phone" that must be ignored.
Another example, if it's a forum about DIY you ask whatever question through PM to the mod/staff that mod/staff must avoid it and try to speak in public...
But all those things I believe that should be solve by educating (a.k.a. ignoring wrong ways of communication) the users, not avoiding new channels of communications (like auto flag)