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Caution: R-rated language

Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only

shit and fuck

appear to work this way. But then there are other, SE-specific dirty phrases:

  1. accept rate or accept-rate
  2. acceptance rate
  3. what have you tried
  4. whore

Are there other such words or phrases? Is there a complete list of them?


Some suspect words and phrases that do not suffice for automatic deletion:

accept an/the answer, thank you, voting to close, piss, bitch, idiot, cunt (often found on SO as a misspelling of "count").

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    What I meant by my somewhat obtuse comments is, I don't think anyone is actually going to give you the list – jonsca Aug 31 '14 at 22:09
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    Did you test for nags and figgers yet? – tchrist Aug 31 '14 at 23:07
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    @tchrist No... search query does not turn up those "in the wild", and I did not feel like adding them myself, even for a test. Also, I think they are unlikely to appear often on a site where users do not know one another, and are not discussing news articles... I am more interested in non-obscene words, and it's possible that the various forms of accept and tried exhaust those. Although I should try some LMGTFY variants. – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 23:16
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    Nope, LMGTFY link (obfuscated) did not disappear when flagged. – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 23:40
  • Correction: "what have you tried" seems to work only on Stack Overflow, not on other SE sites. – user259867 Sep 1 '14 at 0:13
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    @Thursday Fascinating! That means this can very by site. – tchrist Sep 1 '14 at 1:05
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    would be great if word "programmers" was added to this list, at least at Stack Overflow – gnat Sep 1 '14 at 9:57
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    After stumbling upon that: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/271949/… I regret it's not technically feasible to add plz, i, r, u and company to that list... – Danubian Sailor Oct 13 '14 at 13:02
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I initially read the OP as asking for what comments a moderator will delete right away when the first flag on it appears. However, I misread the question, for he is actually asking about the specific magic words that are sometimes alluded to and which make one comment more easily flag-deleted than the next one.

I provided a list, but did not probe them for instaburnination because I did not realize that that was what was being requested. Nonetheless, I appear to have accidentally gotten at least one right, the one about “What have you tried?” Flagging a comment containing “accept rate“ or “accept-rate” also causes instant deletion on SO.

Pity that daily flag limits render dictionary-discovery methods infeasible for this sort of detection. Back to the flagboard with me.

Original post follows

Presuming that you are talking about actual use, not mere mention, that still leaves the barn doors pretty wide open. Here I list only documented candidates:

  1. +1/–1 comments.
  2. Duplicated comments.
  3. Thank-you comments.
  4. Lemme-Goober-That-For-Yaz links, especially but not uniquely when hidden behind obfuscatory link-shortening.
  5. What have you tried? is getting old.
  6. Voting to close.
  7. Linking to Zalgo.
  • Thanks for this compilation. I checked "what have you tried" so far, and the comment got instantly deleted. But I'm not sure about your items 1 and 3: they are certainly discouraged, but do they make comments eligible for instant deletion upon flagging? – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 21:38
  • @Thursday Do you mean instant deletion meaning they instantly disappear from your own view when you flag them, or do you mean that moderators always delete those comments upon the first flag against them? I had thought you meant the latter, but now I wonder whether you didn’t actually mean the former. You know, like how comments flagged offensive disappear from the flagger’s own view instantly, but not from others’. – tchrist Aug 31 '14 at 21:41
  • thank you Flag this and see, @Thursday – The Guy with The Hat Aug 31 '14 at 21:43
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    I did mean the former: instant disappearance at the moment of flagging. (BTW, not all SE sites follow the same comment policies: on some of them, mods often decline flags on comments listed 1-7.) – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 21:43
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    @TheGuywithTheHat Flagged "too chatty", the comment is still there. So, not automatic. – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 21:44
  • @Thursday Oh, so you mean like these then! – tchrist Aug 31 '14 at 21:46
  • @tchrist Yes, the magic words... but Tim Post did not list them in that question, he only talks about accept (which, as I gather, no longer works by itself). – user259867 Aug 31 '14 at 21:47

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