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I have been an active member of most of the websites of Stack Overflow for the last couple of months now. In this time I have never seen an inappropriate post of any kind.

By inappropriate I mean a post that I can flag.

I have seen some websites where posts need to be approved by the admins etcetera, but this is not the method used here.

Is the SO community just so fast that they remove everything bad before other people can see it? Or are the people that post here just genuinely nice people?

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They do, they just get deleted extremely fast. –  perbert Apr 3 '10 at 19:55
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Except on Meta. On Meta, inappropriate posts are our bread and butter. :) –  Pëkka Apr 3 '10 at 20:26
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@Pekka: i resemble that remark... –  quack quixote Apr 3 '10 at 21:21

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

It helps that this community is:

  • numerous
  • anal retentive
  • bored ;-p

In short, junk posts do arrive (I see plenty with my ♦ hat on), but are dealt with very efficiently by the community:

  • enough downvotes will remove a post from the front page
  • enough flags will cause a post to be automatically deleted
  • the moderators tend to be fairly good at following up on things that get any flags (I've deleted a few users just this evening)
  • and for things that cause repeated problems there are a number of more... permanent options
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is the permanent option a b&hammer? –  Carson Myers Apr 3 '10 at 22:19
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Marc - you have a rhombic hat? :) –  DVK Apr 4 '10 at 3:11
    
Ah nice points. All I have to say is keep up the good work. Its nice that your question is published immediately, and you don't have to go trough a lot of spam when looking for a nice question to answer. –  Saif Bechan Apr 4 '10 at 10:39

Once you hit 10k you'll get access to the flagged posts viewer. There's still quite a few, just the community is speedy.

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Well, I wouldn't say that an average of 10 posts at any given time is "quite a few". –  mmyers Apr 3 '10 at 18:07
    
@mmyers: quite a few as in, more then none :P –  Phoshi Apr 3 '10 at 19:07
    
New posts by new users also is a quick weed spot. –  random Apr 4 '10 at 3:25

Yep, the community is fast and we have people in different timezones so there's good coverage. Most people are decent. I've seen more spammy nonsensical posts than outright inappropriate NSFW type of posts. Once these get closed they quickly drop off the main page so that's probably why they aren't as obvious. And if a mod is around it'll get deleted pretty quick.

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And it REALLY helps that we users can do things like downvote and close questions without needing a moderator to intervene –  Jared Harley Apr 3 '10 at 17:29
    
@Jared good point. The points by @Kop and @Phoshi help too. 10K users can look at the list and add their votes to close/delete so things disappear faster. After a number of flag votes a post automatically gets removed too. –  Ahmad Mageed Apr 3 '10 at 17:34
    
Yes this is a really good system, it is really nice posting here and not having to wait for approval. –  Saif Bechan Apr 3 '10 at 17:38

Is the SO community just so fast to remove everything before other people can see it

Yes.. But I have to say that in my year here I've seen quite a few "inappropriate" posts (that have however been downvoted, closed and some deleted through the "report as spam" feature within minutes or even seconds).

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