It's no secret that the small size of this board makes it so that some posters from certain countries may not get to experience a desirable degree of anonymity for being identified by their flags. This problem has intimidated certain non-American posters, including artists and other horse-famous content creators who only came to talk about ponies from being able to post freely. The "don't show my flag" option was implemented years back, but it tends to look out of place, and is inconvenient to use because the poster has to opt into the usage of it in every post, prompting posters to forget between posts and expose their flags.
As a more refined solution, I propose adding an optional "Equestria Flag". It would work essentially like a 4/pol/ memeflag, except with less autism because there would only be one option and the flag makes no statements other than that the poster is a fan of FiM. The flag could be used by posters from rare countries who don't want their usage of this board traced back to them, or by posters who are posting about ponies and don't care to make any political statements on a particular day. More importantly, once a user makes the decision to turn the flag on, the flag would remain there until they turn it off (or their posting password changes, idk), sparing them the hassle of trying
In addition, the idea has been floated around to make it so that OPs could make all flags hidden for non-political threads, like we did with poster IDs. If the above idea is accepted, perhaps that could be implemented by giving OPs the option to make all flags in the threads Equestria flags.
Could this be done? Is it a decent idea? Any thoughts on the matter?
I've been thinking of reccomending this for a while, and I hope it would make it more comfortable for some of our non-American lurkers to post more freely. I think the ability to hide flags is pretty important for the wellbeing of this site, so I hope this is a good idea.
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How hard would this be to implement?
I think this site could really benefit from being able to hide flags more extensively/, efficiently, especially with the pony side.
Any feedback on if/when this could be implemented?
Is there any progress on giving OPs the option to hide all flags in thread? We were able to hide IDs; are flags that much more complicated of a step?
Maybe have flags show only if the IP is from a country that is known to employ online shills like China or Israel.
Do you know what a VPN is?