This user is repeatedly suggesting edits which adds profanity to posts. This is the latest example.

Posting here doesn't seem like the right way for me to bring this up; I'm following the accepted answer from this Meta question, which states that posting here is as good a way as any to bring this kind of issue to someone's attention:

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    the title is a kind of euphemism for that behavior
    – bummi
    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:20
  • What the frag, this is a smear campaign directed at George Bush! Aug 1, 2013 at 6:47
  • @OldCheckmark I don't think so, the user started with that name as far as I can remember yesterday and just got angry after his posts were downvoted/deleted/whatever. Aug 1, 2013 at 6:48
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    Well, at least we can take solace in the fact that they were all rejected... Aug 1, 2013 at 7:16
  • They all stopped for now. Is there some kind of automatic edit ban he/she tripped? Aug 1, 2013 at 7:19
  • @ShaWizDowArd If they've had nothing but rejections, I think the limit is lower. =)
    – J. Steen
    Aug 1, 2013 at 9:36
  • @J.Steen unless you're willing to sacrifice a sock puppet guess we'll never know! At least no oscillation here... :P Aug 1, 2013 at 11:06
  • @ShaWizDowArd Now I'm tempted...
    – J. Steen
    Aug 1, 2013 at 11:12
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    And the user is now suspended for three days. Hooray! Aug 1, 2013 at 13:29

1 Answer 1


You have several options:

  1. Flag vandalism (you can use the 'other' field to specifically explain what the user is doing), or in the case of vandalism in answers/questions, flag and downvote the post (source)
  2. Send an e-mail to [email protected] (source)
  3. Make a meta post here (source)

Considering the business of the mods (see Sha Wiz Dow Ard's comments below), 1. is probably plenty, don't bother with 3. unless it's something frequent, serious, and disruptive.

  • I already flagged that user yesterday, flag still waiting. No need to email the team. It's just one troll and not frequent trolling. Aug 1, 2013 at 6:25
  • I added where I got the guidance from. If there is a definitive answer, then where is it?
    – jmac
    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:43
  • That was years ago when the sites were still relatively small, these days the team got more than enough work on their hands. That's really not something so crucial that needs a dev intervention. Aug 1, 2013 at 6:46
  • Then how about adding that info somewhere? For folks asking, all we have is looking at past meta posts, and if the info is obsolete, it should really be explained and consolidated. That is what meta is for, right?
    – jmac
    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:47
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    There's no definitive answer, each case is specific. If you see a major troll with sock puppet rings then yes it's good idea to email the team to alert the big guys, but otherwise moderators can handle such things by themselves just fine. Aug 1, 2013 at 6:50
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    Is there a sort of 'escalation list' for incidents like this? For instance, you said you flagged the user (or I'm guessing his edit(s)) yesterday, but there is still no response. While this is a suggested edit and shouldn't be publicly viewable, it would be nice to have guidelines beyond common sense, since many newer users are unable to judge how busy mods are and how big of an issue the various forms of spam/profanity may be.
    – jmac
    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:03
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    I would not downvote the user's posts as revenge for their edits. That doesn't make much sense.
    – user206222
    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:14
  • Yeah, sorry, that doesn't make sense for a suggested edit in the review queue. Will edit to make sense.
    – jmac
    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:14
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    The user has no posts, I had to flag one of the posts he tried to ruin and of course to explain in the "Other" what's going on. As for escalation, that's what Meta is for. :) Aug 1, 2013 at 7:24

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