I have seen some references to the term, "ragequit". Being somewhat new to SO, I am intrigued. What exactly does ragequitting entail?

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    Just google it. It's not specific to SO/SE.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 0:32
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    It's when I downvote some of your posts on Stack Overflow and you get so angry that someone dared to vote down your gems, that you email team@se and request deletion of your account on Parenting to teach them basterds a lesson :) Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 0:36

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Rage quitting is when a user gets extremely angry about something—probably trivial—then goes on a rage and makes malicious edits, deletes their useful content, etc.

And then quits.

It creates a lot of work for the moderators to un-do the damage, and as a result there are mechanisms in place to try to mitigate the damages: edits cause a question to bump up in the relevant active pages, you can't delete more than 5 of your posts in one day, etc.

  • a/ this "limitation" needs to disappear for high-rep users, as I request in meta.stackexchange.com/questions/129634/…. b/ This limitation doesn't prevent malicious edits anyway (meta.stackexchange.com/a/171560/6309)
    – VonC
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 8:00
  • @VonC - I don't have a strong opinion on this either way, especially with the awesome workaround in your second link. That said, I do believe there have been known instances of 10 and 20K+ users rage quitting, so I'm not sure blanket-trusting all users by rep would entirely eliminate this concern / problem. Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 14:54
  • blanket-trusting all users? How about 200K+ users ;-) ? And no, there are, for now, no known instance of rage-quiting for high-rep users: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/129634/…
    – VonC
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 15:47
  • @VonC - interesting. Yeah, I think they could probably loosen up some of the rules with minimal risk. Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 16:16

It just means that someone gets really angry during a game/argument/etc so they just rage at everyone and then leave.


In the context of SO, I suppose it would mean that a user is enraged or angry at something about SO and decided to never ask/answer at SO again.

Needless to say, it's a bad idea.

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    In SO, it's often specific to users who delete or vandalize their own content before quitting. Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 0:39

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