I'm not a prude - but f***vimmeanpeople seems like quite a rude and unacceptable username. Since we can't flag users - just questions - is it possible to make this username something a little more innocuous?

Edit: Ah, it seems he didn't learn the first time. Came back with f***meanpeopleingeneral. How original.

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    Typically you just flag one of the user's posts at random if you want to flag something about that user specifically Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 2:04
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    And furthermore, the tiny fraction of vim people who are mean hardly seems worthy of making a statement about. Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 2:42
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    @Rick: Yeah, but they all deny the holy truth of emacs... Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 2:54

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A moderator already renamed that account.
The user then created another account with a different Mailinator address (which I renamed) and asked the same question.

If this recurs, we'll need an IP ban.


As all three accounts are clearly the same person, I've merged them together.

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    That will probably trigger the automatic post ban on IP address. Nice.
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 10:11
  • @Arjan - That's also what I figured, which made it the simplest solution to all the issues.
    – Dori
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 10:13
  • I suspect that an automatic ban would need one or two more questions.
    – SLaks
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 12:33
  • @SLaks, am I right to assume that moderators can see if a post-ban is in place? (If not, then Show some indication that account is banned from asking new questions might be more useful than I would have imagined.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 12:43
  • @Arjan: Not that I know of.
    – SLaks
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 12:51
  • The user was "temporarily banned" until Aug of 2012. Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 16:35

There should be a very short list of users names that aren't acceptable.

Occasionally there are names that contain foul language, use hate speech, or refer to body parts.

The owners can decide a few words that they simply don't want to show up on their site.

Beyond a very short list, any words on a slightly longer list should automatically notify the site's moderator (and if the change is network-wide, also the moderators here) that they should look at the name change, possibly even approve it before it goes live.

That way people can write whatever for a username and their free speech rights would be respected without blasting everyone with foul language or hate speech.

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