I asked a question on stack overflow, and one of the commenters got angry or something, so an arguing begun. I wanted to close the comments or banning the user from the question, but there seems to be no possibility to do this. How should I handle the situation?

  • Is this the question that has the comment war?
    – rene
    Jan 10, 2014 at 16:46
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    Seems like you're not entirely innocent. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:49
  • @MathiasMüller That is true. But now I just want to finish it. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:50
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    The best way to finish it... is to stop. I've cleaned things up there. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:53
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    @AttilaHerbert You can flag as obsolete, this has no accusatory tone and simply means the issues discussed in the comments has now been resolved; the question is now clarified. At this point you can also delete your own comments Jan 10, 2014 at 16:53
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    @AttilaHerbert And yet, my comment above is perfect applicable. That's the best way to stop it. Jan 10, 2014 at 16:58
  • Related (and shameless self plug): Can we get a comments only lock?
    – yannis
    Jan 10, 2014 at 17:00
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    @Yannis! Have you no shame?!?!? That said, I would like that feature sometimes. Or to have an edit-only lock. Jan 10, 2014 at 17:08
  • Does anyone have a screenshot? I wanted to rubberneck!!! Jan 10, 2014 at 18:44

2 Answers 2

  • You can ignore the comments and flag them for moderator attention.

  • If the user keeps harassing you despite this, than it's likely that the moderators will notice that this user is getting a lot of comment flags, and they'll respond accordingly.

It's extremely unlikely that it will get so far as the second step. Most people won't bother to continue leaving comments if you're not responding.


Flag one of the comments, explain the issue, and a moderator will investigate, most likely deleting all comments, and taking any further actions they deem necessary. Repeated attempts at re-starting unconstructive comment threads will usually result in a short term lock on the post, preventing commenting.

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