While destroying a throw-away account used by a spammer on Ask Different, I noticed that the keyboard shortcuts are almost working:

M -> M -> 4 brings you to the following menu. According to the hints, I should now be able to press A to select the first radio button, but instead it focuses on the text area meant for additional information.

I couldn't find other input dialogs with a text area on the same level as radio buttons, but that's probably something the keyboard shortcut generator cannot deal with.

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  • You can hit tab to move focus away from the textarea then the "A/B" will work, I'm not sure there's another way around it other than not auto-focusing the textarea (which would be best IMO, not sure how often that textarea is used though)
    – Cai
    Jul 26, 2017 at 8:50
  • I destroy spam accounts all the time. I usually just M -> M -> 4 -> Tab -> A.
    – Oded
    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:04
  • Thanks Cai and Oded, Tab works for me. I still think the text area shouldn't be auto-focused, as I doubt it's the most common option. That makes this question halfway between a [bug] and a [feature-request].
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:14
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    Somehow this reminds me of IDDQD... Jul 26, 2017 at 10:53
  • @Oded FYI, with this userscript I can do it in two clicks. As a precaution, it activates only if the user has 1-4 deleted posts and no non-deleted posts. Now I'm off to metasmoke.erwaysoftware.com/spammers/site?site=44
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:21
  • Tested and confirmed it works. Though... if its due to a redesign of the page... Jan 5, 2020 at 10:39

1 Answer 1


This has been fixed with the roll-out of the new mod-menu design; it now works as expected. Thank you Brian!

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    So the headline Cat on keyboard destroys SE community can become reality?
    – rene
    Dec 26, 2019 at 8:15
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    The cat may destroy the community, but it can never destroy Community...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 26, 2019 at 8:18
  • I don't think you linked the correct answer in your comment.
    – mathlander
    Nov 3, 2023 at 2:06
  • @mathlander when I wrote that comment, nobody tried to destroy the Community user yet (and many users, even moderators, don't know there's a difference anyway).
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 3, 2023 at 16:26

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