I answered this question with my answer and the following comments ensued:



But as this user is new, what should be done to explain that this is not proper behavior?

closed as too localized by Asad Saeeduddin, Josh Darnell, Manishearth, Charles, animuson Jan 7 '13 at 19:36

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    Well, there's your answer. Even if it's a new user, the fact that he's calling you an ass for trying to answer his question doesn't really help his case. In any case, you trust us, don't you? ;) – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 7 '13 at 14:55
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    I'd just delete the answer and not bother. – BalusC Jan 7 '13 at 14:56
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    @Chichiray I am not removing my answer that could be helpful to future visitors ^_^ – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jan 7 '13 at 14:57
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    You voted to close the question. That kind of implies that you think, in it's current form, it's not good for the site. And...you didn't try to improve the question, so it looks like your opinion hasn't changed. – Josh Darnell Jan 7 '13 at 15:15
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    @jadarnel27 I voted to close as localized. Because that is what it was. But just because it was localized, it does not mean the content is not useful -- it should not have been deleted. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jan 7 '13 at 15:20
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA isn't the definition of "too localized" in the scope of closing questions "unlikely to help future visitors"? – Sam I am Jan 7 '13 at 15:24
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    There are thousands, if not tens of thousands of questions with that error message, so I don't think there is any value to keeping the question around. And your answer, while fine, isn't teaching him how to properly catch errors, so its usefulness to future generations is questionable... – Pëkka Jan 7 '13 at 15:27
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    @Pekka and now it has 1 undelete and 1 reopen vote too.. unbelievable – NullPoiиteя Jan 7 '13 at 15:28
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: please stop trying to abuse the system to gain more rep. You voted to close, yet you answered. Then you complained. If you think the question should be closed, then don't answer it. Closing and answering is often seen as poor, as it's sending a mixed message. And then asking for it to be undeleted... After you voted for it to be closed? And all it does is abuse the system (just like you constantly linking the post from here). Please stop... – ircmaxell Jan 7 '13 at 15:55
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    @ircmaxell, answer and closing is fine and accepted behavior on Stack Overflow. All questions deserve answers, even if they need to be closed. It is not abuse. – Lance Roberts Jan 7 '13 at 16:51
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    @LanceRoberts: that why I said is often seen as poor, as it's sending a mixed message. That behavior in itself isn't abuse. It's frowned upon (at least by the PHP sub community), but definitely isn't abuse... But coupled with the rest of the user's recent activity, it is apparent (to me at least) that he is trying to abuse the system... And that was my point... – ircmaxell Jan 7 '13 at 16:55
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: A note: He is an Indian, and swastikas were a prominent Hindu symbol waaay before Hitler came along. He's probably not trying to be offensive here. Though I realize that it may rub people the wrong way, and offend new users, so I hope he changes it back.. – Manishearth Jan 7 '13 at 18:30
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    @卐웃ᙓᗢᓮᘐᓰﬡ웃卐: Recru— wait, what? – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 7 '13 at 18:30
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    @AdamRackis: Ick. Hitler ruined a lot of things. For example, the Aryan race now has lots of negative connotations attached to it, while it is just a race (again, close ties to India), nothing more. :/ – Manishearth Jan 7 '13 at 18:45
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    In addition to already knowing what to do about this situation, you should also be able to write a not-completely-useless question title. – Josh Darnell Jan 7 '13 at 19:08

You aren't new here. You know full well what is the Stack Exchange approach for offensive comments.

Flag them, comment constructively, and that's about it.

This exact question was posted dozens of times here on meta, I fail to see what made you confused?


To answer your original question, flag any comments that are rude or offensive and stop responding if the discussion degrades into name calling. You should not need to explain basic etiquette to any user, new or otherwise. A moderator will come along to get rid of the comments.

This does not need to be brought up on Meta except in cases where the normal avenues available to you (flagging, ignoring) are insufficient.

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    Fine words, +1 from me – hakre Jan 7 '13 at 16:07

I think you did fine trying to explain things to him, some people just don't take constructive criticism well. Of course, then you walk away and go answer someone's question who cares.

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