I ran across a post that had language or a message/tone I thought was detrimental to the tone of the forum. I wanted to give that feedback to the mods, and create an opportunity for one of them to weigh in if indeed my reaction was in line with the official one.
So I clicked "report to moderator" and made my point.
I didn't think it was a huge violation or anything--just something sort of small that might (or might not) be corrected or commented on by one of the mods.
Then I immediately thought that *I* could say, "I don't really like when people do this; it feels rude/overly critical/unpleasant. I wish you hadn't, and I want to say to the OP, I don't agree w/ this language."
So I went to find the thread in the index, and it was locked. It was SO fast, I wondered if it was automatic. Or did it just happen that a mod was there and reacted quickly?
And as an aside, was my instinct to discuss that reaction *in the thread* good or bad? I really didn't want to make it personal, but just to say, "oh, let's not get this harsh!" to the group in general. Partly because I wanted an opportunity to influence more than just one person, and partly because I felt that a PM would feel more like an attack and less like a helpful aside.