Questions tagged [offensive]
regarding what constitutes offensive language or constructs in posts, or the process of flagging such content that doesn't belong
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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/...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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,...
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)? ...
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 ...
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 ...
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/...
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 ...
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], ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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"?
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Would it be useful to block certain keywords in usernames?
From time to time there are random angry or confused users posting an offensive post, with a username containing bad words like f***, penis or nigg**. There also occasionally new users submitting ...
Please don't welcome spammers and abusers to Stack Exchange
I hope I'm not the only one thinking the below is weird and even somewhat disturbing: Yes. The "New contributor" indicator that ask us to welcome the user showing on a spam post. I believe there'...
Does the new code of conduct still leave room for decent humor?
I've illustrated a recent answer for a more or less useless question with a little picture after the OP was asking back: const literal versus const function as rvalue? (please check the link ...
Subsequent offensive-deletion of post you voted to delete normally incorrectly attributes intent
This is a small bug but nonetheless. There was an answer where I felt it was teetering on the edge of merely NAA and rude & abusive. I downvoted it and cast a delete vote. It was latter destroyed ...
How to flag rude/abusive suggested edit from a user who has made no posts? [duplicate]
This meta post Flag abusive users suggests to flag abusive users by flagging one of the posts, so that the mods can deal with the problem. However, on The Workplace (where I am a moderator), we had a ...
Show amount of active red flags a comment has
Rude comments are bad, and should be removed as soon as possible. Think that at this point in time, there's no doubt about that. One pretty simple change that can help a lot in this direction is to ...
In question lists, don't show "modified by SomeAbusiveName" when a post is deleted as rude or spam
When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a ...
Could we extend the consequences of rude comments to the network level?
In the vein of the inclusion project, and the long list of posts about rude comments being a network wide issue... Could we perhaps extend the consequences of rude comments to the network level? ...
Auto-deleted posts from spammers and trolls should get the "this is spam/rude" warning
When a post is deleted by spam or rude/abusive flags, users who can see deleted posts see a warning along the lines of "this post was deleted as spam or offensive". If they want to see the actual ...
Allow flagging of deleted posts as rude and abusive
Currently, it's not possible to flag a deleted post as rude and abusive. A post with 6 rude and abusive flags causes the owner to lose 100 rep, as well as having their question deleted. By contrast, ...
End the edit grace period upon two or more spam/rude flags being raised
I am aware that a similar suggestion was made and rejected. The major criticism of that one was essentially this The only problem with this is it's unexpected - there's no visible trace on that ...
Spam flags and Rude/Abusive flags - Is the difference practical?
As per the FAQ, we know that there are two small differences between spam flags and rude or abusive flags (referred to below as S and R/A, respectively). If a deleted post has at least 1 valid spam ...