As a user who takes it upon himself to moderate and improve my active communities, I have a situation where I need advice. Let's say that the problematic user is example123. Now, let's say example123 is unregistered.
Any question they post is under a new account, but the account name is the same. (I have verified this)
They answer questions fast. Like, bursts of answers each posted once per 10 minutes every day. The answers also seem to be mainly on older questions (a lot of which have been accepted already)
The answers tend to be very quick, somewhat poorly written, and 2-4 sentences long. They're not bad enough to flag, but definitely questionable/poor. (downvoting is also pointless - it takes away 1 of my reputation and does nothing to example123, they don't seem to care about rep.)
I feel like example123 is gaming the system. Avoiding downvotes, avoiding upvotes*, messing up the first post review system, etc.
Example123 is writing bleh answers, and avoiding any credibility to them.
Example123 has already lost my respect, after calling moderators "fascist" and "people who live in their parent's basement" and people that "don't have a life". (I have flagged these offending comments already.)**
I am literally just watching in horror as this user mass-produces terrible attempts at answers. But if I am right, since they would still be considered 'attempts', they are not flaggable.
Considering all of the above bad practices I have seen example123 do, what should my response be?
- Flag example123?
- Tell him to make a registered account (again)?
- Take other action?
(This situation can be applied to various users that I am aware of across the network. Usually, leaving a comment telling them to improve their posts works, but not this time.)
*and to clarify for a comment, yes they do seem to not care about rep. This is one of example123's comments:
"I was registered once long ago. Then I realized I was getting sucked into chasing 'points' to help some company make money. Well okay , for a while, but then not okay after getting into the thousands a few times and some fascist moderator blocks me because they are afraid I may become competition to them. Now I just try to help some noobie on occasion."
**another one of their rude comments being:
I am civil, but I call a shovel a shovel. Some of them are fascist and way too full of themselves and the power they earned with all their points. I wonder why they did not use all that time for something more productive unless they live in their parents basements and dont have a life.
Example123 has been temporarily suspended.
Example123 is back, seems to have slowed down in answering questions. His answers have made some increase in quality so I will call this a success! Thank you Journeyman Geek for the good answer.