I'm writing about this answer on Islam.SE (Metasmoke mirror in case this gets deleted). This came up as reported on Smoke Detector (a chatbot that scans network wide for spam and abusive posts), so that's why I even saw it. It got me thinking. The text of the "Rude or Abusive" (colloquially called "offensive") red flag reads
"A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse."
Now. I find that answer offensive. It is in my view a display of bigotry and some deep, deep misogyny. I don't think its appropriate for reasonable discourse, and I wouldn't consider it acceptable. The question now is: Does my opinion, as a westerner who is also an atheist, matter on Islam.SE? I could go and flag that now, instantly possible due to the site association bonus.
The problem that I see with this is that this presents a conundrum:
- This is on a Stack Exchange site, so it being left up will reflect on Stack Exchange, very badly to some.
- Deleting something which is arguably supported by their gospel (I have no clear idea, I'm not taking either stance in that debate) just because it is offensive to me seems wrong.
So, extrapolating that issue (it could happen on quite a few different sites, like hinduism.SE or christianity.SE, or a few others), what is a normal user like me supposed to do in this instance? Close my eyes and look away? Or go into a community I have nothing to do with and no involvement in and flag things?