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I flagged some posts which contained offensive words, but my flags were rejected with this comment from a moderator: "simple edit could do the right job".

When I edited those posts, my edit suggestions were rejected without comments from moderator. I just want to know, is there any other way to handle such a posts if flagging and suggested edits both get rejected.

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I noticed all your edits replace the words "stupid" and "idiot" in posts. I hope you're not flagging those as offensive words. – animuson Feb 25 '13 at 4:27
Offensive perhaps not; unproductive, certainly. – Lighthart Feb 25 '13 at 4:39
I did flagging near about two month ago. check comment here Question "git-repository-sync-between-computers-when-moving-around". Moderator advised me to just edit the posts. then I realize right process is I should edit the posts and not flag the post. And here both suggested edit and offensive flag… got rejected. – Rais Alam Feb 25 '13 at 4:55
We can't look at your flag summary, @Rais; that's a private page. – Josh Caswell Feb 25 '13 at 4:59
So you're the one who flagged those posts. If you want to flag something as offensive, at least flag something that's very obviously intentionally directed at someone else - that I would consider to be offensive. Self-deprecation e.g. "I'm an idiot" on the other hand is not offensive. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 25 '13 at 7:15
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First, suggested edits should substantially improve the post, please don't waste reviewers' time with minor edits.

Now, for the "offensive" part. I went through your recent suggestions and I have no idea why you thought the use of the words "stupid" and "idiot" was offensive. All your suggestions were removing the words from posts that were saying (more or less): "Stupid me" & "I'm an idiot". I realise that "offensive" is very subjective, but personally I find the phrasing in those posts perfectly acceptable.

In any case:

  1. Only flag when you absolutely can't solve the problem yourself (via voting, editing, commenting)
  2. Only edit when you are substantially improving the post
  3. If 1 & 2 aren't applicable, chances are there isn't a problem to begin with or that it's so minor that you shouldn't really be wasting any time on it.
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The people who approved those edits are stupid idiots. – Josh Caswell Feb 25 '13 at 4:52
@JoshCaswell That's... true. 9/10 times I'm seeing someone suggesting minor edits en masse, it's because their edits were getting approved at first, essentially telling them "that was a good edit, keep them coming". – Yannis Feb 25 '13 at 4:54
It should be noted that there are more than a few reasonably good cleaning-up-formatting edits by @Real mixed in the list. There are also, however, a few like… that kind of make the post worse. – Josh Caswell Feb 25 '13 at 4:58
@JoshCaswell I thought words like Idiot, Stupid is not acceptable in community, that's why I remove that But you could be true I should leave that offensive words as it is and it should be visible to community. And the people who think the words like stupid and idiot is not right word to be visible to community are stupid idiot. – Rais Alam Feb 25 '13 at 5:14
@RaisAlam The words "stupid" and "idiot" in the posts you edited were not being used in an offensive manner. No one was calling someone else stupid or an idiot. – Yannis Feb 25 '13 at 5:33
Also, Rais, to build on what Yannis is saying, you can edit and remove these words if you fix ALL of the problems with the post. If you also fix spelling errors, grammatical errors, for instance, capitalization, missing commas, adding conjunctions when appropriate, etc, etc, then your edits are likely to be approved. In other words, when you make a suggested edit, the post should no longer need any more edits when you are done. :) – jmort253 Feb 25 '13 at 5:38
@RaisAlam You have to see the words in the context they appear. If it was so simple as "idiot is always an offensive word", then the site would have a blocking script in place, as it probably has for the F word etc. – Lundin Feb 25 '13 at 7:47
@Lundin If there was a filter for the F word, Brainfuck developers would have a very hard time using the site... Context is king, even for the F word. – Yannis Feb 25 '13 at 7:54
@Yannis and is there one?! – hayd Feb 25 '13 at 16:15
@Yannis: well, they did when Jeff was still in charge: (see not only his answer, but his edits to just about every other post on the page) – Wooble Mar 6 '13 at 19:58

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