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This question (deleted now so only users with the necessary privilege can see it) is obviously ridiculous, but it is pointed at me so I have trouble ignoring it. What is the right way to handle this?

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There's already a delete vote on it. So just sit and relax. :) –  Mysticial Apr 12 '12 at 4:09
    
I have no problem doing that, but it is definitely frustrating (if not humiliating) to be called out in such a manner. I did flag it but knowing that the SO flag queue is always running on full who knows when it'll clear. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:10
    
There, took care of it for you. I casted the last delete vote. –  Mysticial Apr 12 '12 at 4:12
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You could have edited out your name. –  Jay Riggs Apr 12 '12 at 4:12
    
Thank you! I'm not quite to that 10K mark to have any say myself. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:12
    
That's my delete vote, and you should rest assured that the OP is making a fool of the him or her self, not you. That said, a mod flag would have been justified. –  Michael Petrotta Apr 12 '12 at 4:13
    
@JayRiggs - You're right but I didn't in fear of starting a rollback war. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:13
    
@MichaelPetrotta - I appreciate the support. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:14
    
Obviously wasn't directed at you... They didn't even spell your name correctly. –  Cody Gray Apr 12 '12 at 4:40
    
@TheEstablishment - No one ever does, but it was close enough that to draw my attention. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:42
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Your course of action is correct. Just flag it and let the 20ks and mods handle it.

If it's egregious enough, posting here on meta (as you have done) will definitely speed the process up since you bring a new set of eyes upon it.

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Thanks again for your help! –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:21
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In the case that it's a real question but directed at you: Edit your name out, leave a comment that you're not the only guy on SO.

In this case, the question is one that really should be a comment (and that's if we're being lax about comment rules). Conversations go to chat in a perfect world.

You should have flagged the question AND cast a close/delete vote (close in this case, since you're 7k)

Whenever a user gets too naggy/tangential/offtopic in the comments/questions, just ignore him/her. I find that the best course of action.

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Sounds like I did the right thing then; commented, downvoted, voted to close, then flagged for mod attention. Thanks for the clarification. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:24
    
Meh, I'd skip the commenting unless you actually want to engage with the person. Once you've commented, that opens the door for them to @reply you, and that's just annoying. –  Cody Gray Apr 12 '12 at 4:47
    
@TheEstablishment - I agree, though I felt obligated considering the whole question was directed at me. –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:48
    
@M.Bab That's what they want you to feel! Fight the power! (...oh wait is that maybe ironic?) –  Cody Gray Apr 12 '12 at 4:49
    
@TheEstablishment: Good point.. Though there ought to be a way to turn of pinging for a thread.. –  Manishearth Apr 12 '12 at 4:49
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@Manishearth: There is. You'll discover it when you get to 20k. They've cleverly disguised it by calling it "delete". –  Cody Gray Apr 12 '12 at 4:50
    
@TheEstablishment: Aah.. Hate the privilege system at times :/ ... Though sometimes "delete" isn't what you want--especially during post-hijacks. –  Manishearth Apr 12 '12 at 4:52
    
@TheEstablishment - Of course, you're right and my comment only caused the OP to engage me again (as you mentioned) but then it's just the simple task of ignoring any other comments. I mastered that already with him on his previous question (perhaps that is what caused this whole thing... hmmm). –  M.Babcock Apr 12 '12 at 4:53
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