Is it possible to add the ability to automatically hide users that match the criteria:

  • Username matches the form userXXYYZZ
  • 1 Question Asked
  • 0 Answers
  • 0 Votes
  • Reputation 1

I realize this will eliminate over 50% of the android tagged questions but I find the motivation to answer such posts to be very low.

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I have the same need. I follow the Meteor tag, and I find that many questions are asked by people who haven't bothered to make any effort to learn even the basics of Meteor—they haven't done any tutorials, they haven't read even the introduction on the docs, nothing. If I'm foolish and answer such a question, I get a stream of comments asking me how to implement my solution, because they don't know the basics of how to structure a Meteor app etc. Like @Error 454, I've taken to just ignoring such questions instead. I feel guilty ignoring; is there a better solution? –  Geoffrey Booth Apr 15 at 14:33
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You'll have to write a userscript for that. (There's probably nothing for that on Stackapps yet.)

However, you cannot read out those user attributes easily. You need some heuristics. But a pretty simplistic one is to look for the absence of badges. One of the first badges people get is Scholar for Asked a question and accepted an answer.

$(".question-summary").each(function (q){
    if (! $(q).has(".badgecount")) $(q).hide();
})  // or something like that
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+1 smart and to the point –  Filburt Jan 25 '11 at 11:52
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Stack Overflow is more focused around the content than the users. If you don't like android questions, ignore that tag.

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I like android questions, I just don't like answering questions that will never be marked as answered. –  Error 454 Jan 24 '11 at 23:55
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Even Jon Skeet had to start somewhere. –  Greg Hewgill Jan 24 '11 at 23:57
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This isn't about new legitimate users, this is about people that are abusing the system by creating a new user for every question. It's quite obvious which questions fall under this category. –  Error 454 Jan 24 '11 at 23:57
    
I completely understand and appreciate your consternation. The "low quality question" moderator flag might be useful, too. –  Greg Hewgill Jan 24 '11 at 23:58
    
Not all questions of this type are of low quality. There isn't a relevant flag for this situation. –  Error 454 Jan 25 '11 at 0:05
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@Error: worth noting that, in the long run, answers to good questions stand to benefit far more people than the user originally asking it. Don't get too hung up on that checkmark... Answer the questions that appeal to you. –  Shog9 Jan 25 '11 at 0:15
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@Error: If there really is a user making new accounts for each question, flag one of the questions for moderator attention, so that the moderator can verify the sock-puppeting and either merge or delete the duplicate accounts. –  Robert Harvey Jan 25 '11 at 0:21
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