I have been trying for a few minutes (restarting browser, using a different one, refreshing page, clearing cookies etc) now to flag a particular comment which IMO could be a bit offensive.

All I get is is

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I am not sure if you can repro this so please leave a comment.

Update: bug repro confirmed.

@Lukasz L

it's a comment from Laszlo Papp

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Under Siddharth's nomination

It seems I'm not the only one who thinks its offensive

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    Could you point what comment it was? I'd try to flag it and see what happens. Feb 12, 2014 at 8:43
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    Reproduced on a random comment on the election page. Definitely seems to be a bug Feb 12, 2014 at 8:46
  • @ŁukaszL. updated my original post.
    – user221081
    Feb 12, 2014 at 11:22
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    Yup reproduced and I think brettdj summed it up pretty well.
    – OGHaza
    Feb 12, 2014 at 11:33
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    Interesting that on the user activity comments page, there is no permalink to the site of the comment. Almost as if election posts aren't actually posts or something.
    – AakashM
    Feb 12, 2014 at 11:58
  • I have noticed that as well. I think it might have been overlooked by devs.
    – user221081
    Feb 12, 2014 at 13:26
  • There's nothing racist about asking people to properly spell out words.
    – Kevin
    Feb 13, 2014 at 22:39
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    @Kevin, now I don't offend easily, so it doesn't bother me, but the first half of the commend is certainly true. There was just no need to bring the word "indian" into that comment. Using 'u r' instead of 'you are' happens in all english speaking countries. He only needed to say "and similar abbreviations", but he chose to imply that it was an indian trait. Anyway I see that the comment has now been removed.
    – OGHaza
    Feb 13, 2014 at 22:47
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    @oghaza I didn't see the "Indian," I agree that part is out of line.
    – Kevin
    Feb 13, 2014 at 23:30
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1 Answer 1


According to Stack Exchange employee, it's by design:

2014-02-13: Comments on election nominations can no longer be flagged. There will be extra monitoring to ensure this doesn't result in abusive comments.

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    right, that's from today and my post is from yesterday. To bad none of the officials could actually come answer.. well, thanks to you now we know :)
    – user221081
    Feb 13, 2014 at 23:42
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    Yep bit weird they chose to announce it this way but better than nothing... Feb 13, 2014 at 23:43
  • No, it was only implemented starting today. The incident reported in this was not caused by what we set.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:37
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    @Grace weird coincidence then! Think it's worth investigating by a dev, in case you will bring back the ability to flag? Feb 14, 2014 at 7:39