How to use the "report abuse" function
El Reg forums has a "report abuse" link displayed on each comment. This is provided for you to flag spam and the like up to the forum moderators. We then review and deal with reported comments accordingly.
As per The Register's Comments Guidelines, section 14:
Do use the 'report comment' button – we take note of each one and often withdraw comments after complaints, and we're grateful for your assistance as spam and other unwelcome things do sometimes slip through – but don't abuse it. A differing opinion does not make reasonable grounds for reporting a comment. You may end up getting flagged if you continually file unwarranted reports.
Many comments reported to us over the last few weeks appear to be because commentards are losing arguments and misusing the "report abuse" button in the hope that views they don't agree with will be removed.
This will not happen.
Persistent abuse of the "report comment" function will result in your account(s) being flagged, which means everything you post will be manually pre-moderated, and thus take a long while to appear.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to re-read the comments guidelines at the link above.