Here is why I think the way reported items are currently reported in XF lacks in usefulness. In XF, reported posts don't appear in "proper" threads. That by itself is not a problem, but:
- There is no way to search current and closed reported cases. Can you imagine trying to remember how you decided in similar reported cases in the past or trying to find a specific reported item to see how it got resolved?
- Posts are being displayed in opposite chronological order, making it strange to follow the discussion flow if you are used to the normal order.
- Comments are not paginated, making it even more difficult to follow the case if the reported item involves a lengthy discussion.
- Comments cannot be quoted nor referenced. This is a big issue. If several mods are discussing an item, and if they are unable to refer to specific comments (either by quoting or by linking to them), then it's easy to see how it can quickly become a nightmare to find out who is talking to whom and in reference to what.
- Another "reduction", shall we say, is the presentation of comments as plain text. At least links are parsed, but other BBCodes are ignored. Not terrible to live with, but I don't see the benefit in this. In fact, come to think of it, it's also not possible to use more advanced posting features, such as attaching files or images (screenshots for example). This too can be quite useful in some cases when working through unresolved reported cases.