What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 134 Stack Exchange communities.

I see some posts here talking about abusive users and posts on SO, yet I've seldom, if ever encountered one in my questions and answers.

Can the community point to some examples of users and posts considered abusive?

share|improve this question
    
Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22174/… –  Jon Seigel Jul 9 '10 at 18:01
9  
Hardly. If something is really abusive, it's usually deleted. –  Gnoupi Jul 9 '10 at 18:02

3 Answers 3

up vote 1 down vote accepted

(This is something I've gone back and forth on with the otherwise-insightful Shog9.)

Paradoxically it's hard to point to abusive posts and comments in our community precisely because it gets removed, and that's the way it should be!

We aren't going to leave poison and abuse laying around in the community. It's the equivalent of failing to clean up broken glass in a park.

share|improve this answer
    
Agreed. If the system is working, theoretically there won't be any 'problem posts.' –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 9 '10 at 22:47
    
Yup, you guys are doing a great job. –  Rising Star Jul 12 '10 at 19:24

The focus should be on the posts, not the users. As has been discussed ad nauseum, it's behavior that should be deemed problematic, not individuals.

share|improve this answer

I don't think this is a good idea.

Meta discussions of abuse usually include direct links, but those are for the isolated incidents. In general providing examples right now will simply be pointing fingers at the users who are linked to. It will imply that the user is a perfect example of offensive behaviour and not the action.

Furthermore, when examples of abuse come up, the correct response is to deal with them fairly and swiftly. Usually the offending remark or incident is removed from the site, because it simply doesn't belong. Keeping those examples around would contribute to a 'broken windows' situation, where our 'examples of bad behaviour' would be considered by the uninitiated as examples of acceptable behaviour.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .