The situation:

My questions:

  • Is it considered a abuse of the system if a users post like this knowingly on a main site?

  • Should such posts be flagged, or should I just let it be, because moderators were part of the joke as well?


  • You mean like this staged April fools joke? (a work of the C++ lounge) Who cares where it comes from? If the question is legit by itself, it's legit. That said, the example you've given sounds like it was not of the best quality. :)
    – Mysticial
    Oct 21, 2014 at 4:11
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    @Mysticial: Yes, this question wasn't good quality. The entire question was in UPPERCASE and the answer had a image of the caps-lock keys, saying turn off the caps lock by pressing that key or type xkbset nullify lock in lowercase by pressing shift key. That post was posted for deletion, that is why I am confused if it was an abuse. If it had been written to be kept on the site, then it's perfectly valid. Oct 21, 2014 at 4:18

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Abuse! Posting crap is posting crap, "a moderator told me so" is not an excuse.

In this case, the answer contained a picture of a caps lock key which is kinda inappropriate and condescending.

Gaming badges is always bad.

Encouraging bad behavior via chat should be punished.

  • "Chat rooms encouraging bad behavior should be shut down." - then you'd have to shut down the entire chat.[meta.]stack{overflow|exchange}.com eventually. Oct 21, 2014 at 4:27
  • @Jan Yeah that works better for rooms only for encouraging bad behavior, edited.
    – bjb568
    Oct 21, 2014 at 4:29

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