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Flag abusive users

I've noticed a lot of users get confused on the proper procedure to report a problematic users (sock-puppeteering, cheating, etc.). Example

Unfortunately, the site's procedure right now is to flag's a user's answer/question:

Current Procedure

Sometimes, nothing is wrong with a particular post, but there's a problem with the particular account itself therefore it seems unnatural to flag an answer/question.

The solution is therefore simple. Allow the user to flag an account for moderator review the same way you can flag a post. Add a simple flag button on the user's page. This would solve most confusion right now on how to report a problematic user.

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@Andrew: There are no problem users, only problem behaviours. – martin clayton Feb 13 '10 at 1:41
@martin: < tongue-in-cheek >so people don't kill people, it's the behavior< /tongue-in-cheek > – IAbstract Feb 13 '10 at 1:50

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You wouldn't know of problem-accounts had it not been for problem-posts. Certainly we couldn't call an account flag-worthy if it yielding absolutely no problem posts, could we? :) I would suggest hunting down some offending posts, and flagging them.

Don't forget that you can also email the team following the "contact us" link in the footer of every page.

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I understand that procedure but it seems from the recent inflow of related questions on meta that it creates somewhat of a confusion. – Andrew Moore Feb 13 '10 at 1:34
@Jonathan: I certainly understand the procedure now. As a member of only 3 months I am still learning. Sometimes I wish there were more teaching from elder members than flagrant sarcasm at a newb's misunderstandings. – IAbstract Feb 13 '10 at 1:39
@dboarman: You've got my email address. Feel free to write anytime if you need some input regarding any SO-related issues. – Sampson Feb 13 '10 at 1:43

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