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A few minutes ago there was a comment in the flagged queue from a user saying that he was offended because the OP uses a religious meme in his username. The comment was quickly deleted.

I was intrigued by that kind of intolerance and browsed the user's comments history, finding a lot of aggressive behavior. Also, when other user reminded him the "Be nice" motto, he answered along the lines of Don't tell me how to answer, mind your own business (the text is not exact, just to preserve identities).

So, we have a bully, and he has been warned to no avail. What's next?

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    Do you mean this user commented to this user's question like this?
    – YOU
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:05
  • I take more offence at that user name, than at the comment that discusses that name. And the user name being the first "to post" an implicit comment, I'd say: please ban that user name.
    – Arjan
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:08
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    Damn! YOU blew up my undercover operation Apr 27, 2011 at 14:08
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    @Arjan Feel free to be offended. I'm not talking about that specific comment. Apr 27, 2011 at 14:09
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    @Arjan Usernames don't come with a grey flag attached. Yet. Apr 27, 2011 at 14:14
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    @Arjan: Why would that username have to be "taken care of"? I couldn't put it better than one of the comments found behind one of YOU's links: It's just as offensive as saying "Red is Blue". It might be offensive if it would say "A is B" where "B" is something bad, but in this case B isn't even something bad... How can that ever be offensive?
    – fretje
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:17
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    @Arjan Citing you :D meta.stackexchange.com/questions/51736/… So, everything should be changed because some feel offended, or even feel aroused, by a scene that in many other parts of the word is just life as we know it? Not my idea of a world where people take into consideration how others feel. Shouldn't such consideration be based on compromises, not on dictatorship? Apr 27, 2011 at 14:34
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    "Jesus is Borg" would be offensive. But that user name? Live and let live.
    – MPelletier
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:36
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    Ah, @MPelletier, if that would be offensive, then why is the other not? I really think saying "A is B" implies "So, your C is not B".
    – Arjan
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:38
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    On my way to work today I passed cars with bumper stickers and even vanity plates that expressed religious views. I also had to drive by houses of worship. And now this. It's been a tough day, but I think I can make it if I can manage to grow up and act like an adult.
    – user27414
    Apr 27, 2011 at 14:52
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    @Arjan: I guess that would be debatable. My only point was "Let it go. Move along." That's what I do. See @status-declined's awesome comment.
    – MPelletier
    Apr 27, 2011 at 15:23
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    @Arjan - at some point you have to distinguish between disagreement and offense. Not everything you disagree with is offensive. I think you also need to distinguish between something that offends you and something that is offensive in and of itself. The latter is more of a community than a personal standard and what should be applied in this context.
    – tvanfosson
    Apr 27, 2011 at 15:25
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    @Arjan et al: I understand the new topic is motivational, but please keep in mind it is not the issue in this question (perhaps someone interested could post a "What to do with offensive usernames?" one). I just mentioned the username issue to introduce the fact that I went ahead to read the user's comment history. I think this question is a dupe, and should be closed. Please help with that. Apr 27, 2011 at 15:39
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    The user is a bit abrasive, but he mostly has a point. Not sure what should be done here... Flagging is definitely the right thing to do, the mods can keep track of repeat offenders, and will eventually give a warning shot. Re the user name, I think it's really lame to show off your faith in such an obnoxious way on a programming site. But it's probably nothing to get too excited about, as @status-declined so nicely puts it.
    – Pekka
    Apr 27, 2011 at 15:40
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    I simply cannot wrap my mind around what could possibly be offensive about that user name. Offensive doesn't mean "I disagree with their conclusions/beliefs". Apr 28, 2011 at 8:53

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Flag the rude behavior for moderator attention and one of us will look into it.

  • If we fire back with a snide/sarcastic comment such as "May you always exhibit the level of professionalism seen here today" or "I can only imagine how fun you must be to work with on a daily basis", will moderators be more dismissive towards our rude/offensive flags directed at the same user?
    – crush
    Feb 11, 2014 at 15:06
  • @crush We don't actually see who cast comment flags, so no. Your comment will probably just be deleted too. Feb 11, 2014 at 15:08

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