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As a room owner of a chat.SE room, I recently noticed a button that I can use:

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Great! I don't know when I would ever need to use it, but that's beside the point. When I click the button, this dialog comes up.

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Since when are stars evil? I can kind of see how this would be correct (the stars are leaning against the post), but the wording is a little weird. Could we change it to something like:

Remove stars for this post?

Or even

Clear all stars on this post?

Please? It's one of those little things that really bug me!

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    So I guess it should be changed to "Star as spam/offensive"? – user159834 Sep 17 '13 at 18:38
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    On the plus side, using "on" will remove 5 characters from the js file that everyone has to download all the time. Heck, why not make it "Remove these stars?". – Travis J Sep 17 '13 at 18:50
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    @TravisJ I like where you're going with this... but can we do better? "Remove stars?"... "del strz"... Maybe just ":( ?" – user159834 Sep 17 '13 at 18:52
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    I suppose the definition of against in this case is " In contact with so as to rest or press on" or perhaps even "Directly opposite to; facing". So, it's not incorrect. – ale Sep 17 '13 at 18:52
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    @AlE Not incorrect, but misleading to those users of Stack Exchange that aren't lexicographers. – Undo Sep 17 '13 at 19:09
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    Bug? Really? Because of phrasing? – Oded Sep 17 '13 at 19:20
  • @Oded I wasn't sure - if one squints at it, you can see a little centipede running around on the dialog. – Undo Sep 17 '13 at 19:21
  • I was not aware that everyone didn't know stars are evil. Unfortunately, this statement does not come with nearly as much photographic evidence as the assertion that unicorns are evil. – Andrew Barber Sep 17 '13 at 19:49
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    @Oded why not? Spelling mistake is kind of a bug, isn't it? Anyhow in this case it's more of a feature request, asking to change existing wording to something else which makes more sense. :) – Shadow Wizard Sep 17 '13 at 19:54
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    I'd support the Bug tag on this one. Since the Discussion seems tongue in cheek, we don't appear to be arguing about whether the semantics are incorrent. SO has a double-digit Alexa ranking. Pointing out a nick in what should be an exemplary, highly literate user experience is not a Feature Request, either. – John Sep 17 '13 at 22:08
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    What exactly do you think that star button means, anyway? I don't know about you, but where I'm from, if you throw a ninja star at something, you are pretty darn likely to be against it. – Jaydles Sep 23 '13 at 19:48

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