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I won't name names and I don't want to either :) But I have found myself flagging lots of comments from one user. "Your stupid", "Go away", etc etc

It looks like the only thing that happens is those comments might get deleted? Should something else happen if you have > n flagged comments? An anti-badge lol?

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naming and shaming is a really nasty thing to do –  user206586 Jan 28 '13 at 16:12

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You're doing exactly the correct thing by flagging these comments as offensive.

Moderators get notified when a user is repeatedly posting offensive and abusive comments. By flagging, you allow mods to handle this issue in a constructive, non-public-shaming way. Many times this works. Furthermore, moderators have more tools to handle such users' actions, including the ability to delete comments, suspend (as needed) and even speak privately with a user in a chatroom or through the behavior notification tools.

So, short version: no, don't publicly shame users. Let the moderators handle it by flagging.

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Cool - I don't want to name names :) –  user147272 Dec 19 '12 at 1:08

Was going to leave this as a comment, but it's more of a secondary answer.

I would only bring it up here if you're flagging multiple times and not getting any results, e.g. the behavior is continuing without a moderator intervening. And even then I would only bring it up as a general question ...

"why are my repeated offensive comment flags not resulting in action?"

... never by naming specific users.

We like to address behaviors here, not specific users. It's more useful to more people that way, and it's more optimistic: people's behaviors can change. Addressing the behavior decouples it from the person and removes any blame or stigma that might work against positive change in behavior.

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You're just here for the hats, aren't you? –  Josh Caswell Dec 19 '12 at 6:55
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@JoshCaswell: Of course he is. Why do you think everyone's on meta today? –  Manishearth Dec 19 '12 at 6:56
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@Manishearth: I certainly can't fault it. It's why my own to-do list has been forgotten for the past hour and half. –  Josh Caswell Dec 19 '12 at 7:00
    
There are hats here too? Excellent! –  Rory Alsop Dec 19 '12 at 9:12

"Should we name and shame users"

Tell me which versions of shame are psychologically healthy? Did you know that many forms of shame result in self-defeating schemes that only positively reinforce negative behavior. Essentially the person responds by increasing their negative behavior in order to generate more problems. I hope you haven't used this tactic with children.

Public humiliation of this sorts causes people to contemplate doing many things to them self including self-harm or harm to others. Do you want to be responsible by proxy for that?

Granted flag away but don't spank.

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What's up with all the contributions that go off on some strange tangent? –  Bart Feb 13 at 14:29
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I'm pretty sure the asker was using the common English idiom "name and shame", rather than talking about actually trying to make someone feel the emotion of shame... –  AakashM Feb 13 at 14:37

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