This post was edited to add in a comment to the post. Clearly, the user has a high enough reputation that he/she should understand that this is unacceptable behavior, but did it anyway. (shudder)

What should be done?

  • rollback the changes?
  • manually rollback the changes, informing the editor that he/she "is a jerk" in the commit summary?
  • refer the editor to the FAQ?
  • inform the SO team of this user's problematic behavior?

If this user isn't stopped, he/she could edit comments into more posts!

Oh, and:


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    Time to use a system banner to notify all about this
    – random
    Feb 13, 2012 at 1:17
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    LOL. Ban the user!!! Feb 13, 2012 at 1:19
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    You're going to have a hard time - Joel is the CEO of Stack Exchange Inc (the company running Stack Overflow). Feb 13, 2012 at 1:25
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    @GeorgeEdison That might explain the "LOL" at the beginning ;) Feb 13, 2012 at 1:32
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    Are we taking action against edits made four years ago now?
    – simchona
    Feb 13, 2012 at 1:34
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    YES!!!!!!!!!1one Feb 13, 2012 at 1:38
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    Release the Kraken.
    – simchona
    Feb 13, 2012 at 1:44
  • 2
    Ha, this is rich.
    – casperOne
    Feb 13, 2012 at 2:57
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    Did SO have comments at that time? Also the user might have had been a noob at the time he edited :P Feb 13, 2012 at 11:44
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    Haha! This is pure gold.
    – Ben Lee
    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:46
  • @simchona "Release the Krachen" your comment gave me such a good laugh cheers
    – user310756
    Aug 6, 2013 at 13:14

2 Answers 2


We have taken corrective actions and banned the offending user, when he returns we will coach him and ensure he knows how to use the system correctly.

Thanks for alerting as to this problem.

Also, if anyone knows of any programming jobs out there please let me know. I may not have a job tomorrow.

Also, this probably was done prior to the implementation of the commenting system

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    Time to update my Careers profile! Feb 13, 2012 at 2:34
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    What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”? -Joel
    – jonsca
    Feb 13, 2012 at 2:41
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    @BilltheLizard, I can't tell if you expect to be collateral damage in the purge or the replacement for waffles.
    – Pops
    Feb 13, 2012 at 16:55
  • @PopularDemand I guess either one of those would be unreasonable, so my joke just isn't funny. Feb 13, 2012 at 19:36
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    Actually, I thought part of the joke was that it worked either way. Take the credit, @BilltheLizard!
    – Pops
    Feb 13, 2012 at 19:47

Good catch! I actually recognize that user's name; I've seen him before, here on Meta. He posted this "question" just a few months ago that was actually only one of those "hey guys, just sharing some info" blog entries that doesn't actually ask anything. Looks like he didn't learn his lesson in his first three years of using the site. Jeff had to go in and fix that post personally (revision four)!

This Meta post is nice, but in light of this new information it's probably not enough. Yes, I did see waffles's answer, but it looks like the ban isn't working for some reason. I'm going to e-mail [email protected] directly, hopefully they'll be able to take additional steps. I will update this answer with the e-mail chain when possible.

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    What's really scary is how much reputation this user accumulated before being caught, and he/she was even promoted to moderator on multiple SE sites! Feb 13, 2012 at 20:43
  • Okay, I totally meant to send that e-mail for real, but Real Life interfered and now it feels like it's too late to do it. So if anyone's wondering about that e-mail chain update, sorry, it's not happening.
    – Pops
    Feb 19, 2012 at 23:00

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