This question (deleted now so only users with the necessary privilege can see it) is obviously ridiculous, but it is pointed at me so I have trouble ignoring it. What is the right way to handle this?

  • There's already a delete vote on it. So just sit and relax. :)
    – Mysticial
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:09
  • I have no problem doing that, but it is definitely frustrating (if not humiliating) to be called out in such a manner. I did flag it but knowing that the SO flag queue is always running on full who knows when it'll clear.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:10
  • There, took care of it for you. I casted the last delete vote.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12
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    You could have edited out your name.
    – Jay Riggs
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12
  • Thank you! I'm not quite to that 10K mark to have any say myself.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12
  • That's my delete vote, and you should rest assured that the OP is making a fool of the him or her self, not you. That said, a mod flag would have been justified. Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:13
  • @JayRiggs - You're right but I didn't in fear of starting a rollback war.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:13
  • @MichaelPetrotta - I appreciate the support.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:14
  • Obviously wasn't directed at you... They didn't even spell your name correctly. Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:40
  • @TheEstablishment - No one ever does, but it was close enough that to draw my attention.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:42

2 Answers 2


Your course of action is correct. Just flag it and let the 20ks and mods handle it.

If it's egregious enough, posting here on meta (as you have done) will definitely speed the process up since you bring a new set of eyes upon it.

  • Thanks again for your help!
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:21

In the case that it's a real question but directed at you: Edit your name out, leave a comment that you're not the only guy on SO.

In this case, the question is one that really should be a comment (and that's if we're being lax about comment rules). Conversations go to chat in a perfect world.

You should have flagged the question AND cast a close/delete vote (close in this case, since you're 7k)

Whenever a user gets too naggy/tangential/offtopic in the comments/questions, just ignore him/her. I find that the best course of action.

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    Sounds like I did the right thing then; commented, downvoted, voted to close, then flagged for mod attention. Thanks for the clarification.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:24
  • Meh, I'd skip the commenting unless you actually want to engage with the person. Once you've commented, that opens the door for them to @reply you, and that's just annoying. Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:47
  • @TheEstablishment - I agree, though I felt obligated considering the whole question was directed at me.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48
  • @M.Bab That's what they want you to feel! Fight the power! (...oh wait is that maybe ironic?) Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:49
  • @TheEstablishment: Good point.. Though there ought to be a way to turn of pinging for a thread.. Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:49
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    @Manishearth: There is. You'll discover it when you get to 20k. They've cleverly disguised it by calling it "delete". Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:50
  • @TheEstablishment: Aah.. Hate the privilege system at times :/ ... Though sometimes "delete" isn't what you want--especially during post-hijacks. Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:52
  • @TheEstablishment - Of course, you're right and my comment only caused the OP to engage me again (as you mentioned) but then it's just the simple task of ignoring any other comments. I mastered that already with him on his previous question (perhaps that is what caused this whole thing... hmmm).
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 4:53

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