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Don't show the contents of a post that was deleted as "rude/abusive" in New Answers to Old Questions

When scrolling through /tools/new-answers-old-questions, it can be rather unpleasant, and typically not useful to see the contents of posts that have already been deleted as rude/abusive inline. Like- ...
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Is implying moderator misconduct a violation of code of conduct? [duplicate]

While I believe the original revision of the question below provides sufficient details to distinguish itself from the duplicates, I'd like to tldr it: What recourse do I have if I believe a ...
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Is the term "Indian spammer" offensive?

I recently encountered a post here on Meta Stack Exchange that was worded very similarly to a poorly-received post by a now-suspended user. I flagged the post as relating to a likely sock-puppet of ...
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Let's remove spam/offensive edit suggestions from the original poster's inbox as quickly as we can

Some of us have taken it upon ourselves to seek out the worst of what finds its way to Stack Exchange so that the majority of users don't have to see any of that. That's how the spam and rude flags ...
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Why was this answer deleted and marked as offensive? [closed]

This is the question: And this is the answer which was deleted and marked as offensive: But checking the revision The content was: Which is nothing offensive. Also, the answer is valid because AWS ...
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Is casting R/A flags on blatant, but uncited, LLM-generated content acceptable?

This is about LLM-generated content that wouldn't otherwise be R/A, not abusive content that happens to be LLM-generated. Also, spam is still spam, even if it's AI-generated. For sake of discussion, I'...
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What is considered "unfriendly or unkind" (and not) under the new CoC?

As far as I know, every site still has a Comment Flag for "It's unfriendly or unkind". Under the previous Code of Conduct, "unfriendly or unkind" was defined, and the bar was ...
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How should I respond to unfriendly comments by moderators? [duplicate]

I recently saw an unfriendly comment from a diamond moderator on an SE site. I would flag the comment as unfriendly or unkind if a regular user had posted it. How should I respond considering that it'...
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Opinion: disparagement, accusation of dishonesty / hiding true beliefs, etc. on the basis of political affiliation is a Code of Conduct violation

Background reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_charity https://www.slatestarcodexabridged.com/I-Can-Tolerate-Anything-Except-The-Outgroup Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct ...
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What exactly do VoteTypeId=4 (offensive) and VoteTypeId=12 (spam) mean?

According to the Database schema documentation for SEDE, the table Votes contains as VoteTypeId 4 = Offensive and 12 = Spam. The latter was mentioned, for example, here: How to find posts closed as ...
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Unable to translate "abusive or unkind comments" from the user flagged post page

On the moderator page for user posts, the flag monitoring string "{N} abusive or unkind comments in past {M} days, {username}" is not ready to translation: Please add this string to ...
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Why was this unfriendly/unkind comment flag declined?

A post that was over 10 years old got bumped recently. I read through the question, answers, and comments (this was probably a mistake). One of the answers had a string of questionable comments ...
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What's considered "rude or abusive" on SE sites? [duplicate]

I've seen a few SO/SE posts or answers that are mildly rude, abusive, or snarky (criticizing the post author's work, etc). But I've never flagged any as rude or abusive simply because I don't know if ...
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Please remove comment notifications from the inbox if the comment was deleted as rude/abusive

I recently got inbox notifications of rude/abusive troll comments from a post I followed. The comments were already deleted by the time I viewed the post from the inbox notification, but they are ...
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We talk a lot about offensive usernames

Today we had the following question posted: What is SE policy regarding potentially offensive screen names? The specific user mentioned had already been taken care of, but the question is asking about ...
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What is SE policy regarding potentially offensive screen names?

A user has chosen a screen name that could be construed as deeply offensive. Actually, aside from the possibility that it is intended as a joke (ie tongue-in-cheek), it can't be regarded as other than ...
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Should users be allowed to use "admin" as their username? What about offensive words?

I would like to know more about the policies for users when creating their accounts in the SE/SO network. One of the questions I have is if there are policies and restrictions on the use of some ...
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Child protection: adding recognition filters to block obvious offensive content related to pornography

We've had yet another unsuitable post on Worldbuilding. The title was innocent enough: I'm think of making steam punk/fansty hybrid do you have any suggestions The body of the question contained ...
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When NAA includes rude language - red flaggable?

I know that the general rule for rude language is to edit it out if possible rather than knee-jerk red flagging it just for a few swear words or inappropriate terminology. So, for example, a post, ...
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I'd like to see rude/abusive flags raised on my posts

I participate on a site which discusses a lot of science. I got an answer of mine edited and I thought it was because I had compared a certain exoplanet to hell. I just rolled back the edit, then a ...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

I've recently been browsing three sites on this network dedicated to major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And I found it jarring to see answers like the below, some of which are highly ...
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Why aren't rollbacks invalidating spam/rude flags?

According to both FAQ, rollbacks invalidate spam/rude flags. To test this theory and have the accurate representation of what the system does, I flagged this answer as spam and proceeded to roll it ...
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Can I use spam and RA flags interchangeably? [duplicate]

If I flag trolling as spam, or flag spam as rude or abusive, will that be a big deal? Sometimes I come across a malicious post but at first glance I can't tell whether it's spam or trolling. In that ...
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Oblique endorsement of violence in display-name

Is a display-name obliquely endorsing violence allowed on Stack Exchange sites? For example, "Arm the good guys in America"? The display-name is political and borderline offensive to me. Is ...
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Is username acceptability site-specific?

tl;dr version: If a username is considered acceptable on one site, is it necessarily acceptable everywhere else on the network or are there site-specific standards in username acceptability/...
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Why was the recent question about where to ask questions about Metasmoke and Smoke Detector deleted so quickly?

Another user recently asked the question Where can I ask questions about Metasmoke and Smoke Detector? and it was promptly closed as a duplicate of my older question Where can questions about our ...
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Should a user with constructive contributions on another site be destroyed or deleted as a result of a red flag?

I used to think that involuntary account destruction or deletion was a drastic penalty that was issued only to users whose only contributions were spam or offensive content. I just recently ...
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Show red flags to moderators of other sites if no local mod handles it in a certain time frame

There is a discussion underway in the Charcoal chat room on a certain spam post on ExpressionEngine Answers. Some of us flagged it as spam almost 24 hours ago, but flags are still pending, and a ...
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What is Stack Exchange's stance on users that move Playground insults elsewhere? [duplicate]

Yesterday, on Stack Overflow, I gave some constructive criticism to a user, when I downvoted (how foolish of me, I know!). Unfortunately as some users do, my point was taking poorly; in this case it ...
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How to handle a question that was asked in good faith, deleted, and then vandalized while deleted?

A user asked a question on a Stack Exchange site in good faith, but it was a very poor-quality question and ended up getting deleted by the community. Shortly after it was deleted, the asker edited it,...
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F-words in nicknames. Is it still allowed after 10 years? [duplicate]

If go to https://meta.stackexchange.com/users and find some f-words we can find a lot of users with such words in their nicknames. Is it legally now? If not why they are not renamed (automatically)? ...
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This star on the Warm Welcome hat looks like a communist symbol

I've just earned the "Warm Welcome hat" and the red star on it looks like a communist symbol. I associate this symbol on this particular hat closely with many atrocities against my country: Poland, as ...
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If "a reasonable person would find this content inappropriate..." flag is rejected, is the flagger being judged as unreasonable?

Currently we have the "rude and abusive" flag: rude or abusive A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. Hence... Question: If "a reasonable person ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

I came across the following in an answer by rene: This isn't kindergarten and we're not here to babysit everyone. If you have to ask yourself if your post is considered to be acting in good faith/...
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Is it possible (in 2019) to appeal a Community♦ judgement? ("This question was deleted as spam or offensive") [duplicate]

Earlier today I asked a question, seeking to clarify whether Stack Exchange (the commercial organisation) subscribes to a particular pseudo-scientific idea or not. There ensued an animated, albeit ...
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

A user posts a blatantly off-topic political message on a Stack Exchange site, but expresses it in civilized language. For example, something like this might qualify: Don't vote for [politician], ...
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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

Monica recently posted a question making her case to the community, she argued: My patience is not infinite; the company has already dragged this out for nearly a month while harm continues to ...
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Show 'Flag as spam' button instead of 'Close question' when handling spam flags

When there is a pending spam flag, the new moderator flag dashboard shows two primary options in the bottom right: 'Delete question' and 'Close question ...'. While deleting the question is sometimes ...
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More needs to be done against anti-semitic posts on Stack Exchange

Today, there was yet again an anti-semitic question on Stack Exchange, about Nazi Germany's actions against the Jews. What do I mean by "yet again"? Well, in this Skeptics meta question from February ...
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Kind, courteous, inclusive, intolerant of bigotry, racism, etc. Fine, I agree. Now what about my feelings as a mod?

Some background for those who don't know me: I have been involved in SE for more than 5 years and have been a moderator (activity now suspended) on Parenting for several of them. My background is ...
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How is this not a rude answer?

I recently came across this answer to a basic "help I can't do X because I'm new" question, here on MSE. First of all to get a reputation you should not asking a question like that! Secondly check ...
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If a user suggests an edit that gets rejected as "spam or vandalism", does he/she lose 100 reputation?

If a user writes a post that gets marked as "spam" or "rude or abusive", he/she loses 100 reputation. Does this also happen when the user suggests an edit that gets rejected as "spam or vandalism"?
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What actually happens to someone whose account is hacked by a spammer or hostile?

In an answer on Meta Stack Overflow, Brad Larson ♦ mentions, In the vast majority of cases where the 100-point penalty is applied and a moderator notices, the account is also destroyed.... The few ...
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Why are these comments considered acceptable on the site?

My flags on this post were declined. Not only were they declined, very quickly, my comments were deleted from under the post. Why were these declined?
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Why aren't you automatically warned when a comment of your is deleted as offensive? [duplicate]

Recently I caustically commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" My comment was ...
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Smoke detector bad keyword detection

Recently, the smoke detector has identified a Math.SE question as a post containing bad keywords. As a 10k user on Math.SE, I can't see any spam in this post. What has triggered the alarm? What ...
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I lost 100 reputation and it is not shown in graph [duplicate]

Last December I lost 100 reputations on Music Stack Exchange as one of my answers were marked as "rude or abusive" by 6 users. However, the graph did not lose 100 reputations. What's the reason?
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What happens when a comment is flagged for harassment?

What happens when a comment is flagged for being offensive or harassment, etc., and the flag is deemed helpful? Apparently the comment is deleted. Is there any message to the offending user? Are there ...
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Some questions regarding CoC and flagging comment to understand them better

Motivation Let me first try to explain my main motivation for writing this post. It is, to put simply, to try to understand our new Code of Conduct (henceforth CoC) and the scheme of flagging chat ...
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Automatically revert an user's name to default when a post of theirs is deleted as spam/abusive

The last activity indicator currently reads something like asked/answered/modified x minutes ago by display_name, and obviously stays that way until a new activity is conducted on the thread. In the ...
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