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I also flagged that answer, not because I disagree with its content (people are allowed to be wrong) but because of rudeness like: I am not calling Monica or her supporters bigots! - but this is the actual reality of what is occuring. "Oh no, not a bigot but I'll tie this bad stuff to you anyway". And then the post tries to tie me to an alt-right site ...


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Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I was (mainly) responsible for picking hats this year. When this hat was first introduced in 2014, there was a comment on the Secret Hats post from that year mentioning this concern but it doesn't seem that any action was taken to correct it. When I looked into the past for hats to use, the trigger for this caught ...


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I'm assuming that's not what "abusive" in this reason is referring to Abusive means what it says. Don't overthink this. Look... The problem folks have with these is that they see the pile of nonsense and try to extract meaning from it. "Surely if I can determine what the author's intent was," you might imagine them saying to themselves, "...I can then pick ...


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A voluntary organization consisting of passionate Stack Exchange users have built a bot named SmokeDetector, aimed at these posts that should be red-flagged (spam or abusive). We're aware of this "holocaust" troll and this very word has been on our watchlist. Once the SmokeDetector bot reports such posts, we'll come and flag them to death quickly. If you ...


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I won't get into whether this particular name is offensive or not, but both Shadow Wizard and Rosinante seem to be of the opinion that this is 2012 and not the Victorian era, and so such words should be overlooked. While that stance can be justified in chat/speech/private lives, etc., I believe that if you're asking and answering questions or leaving ...


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For reference: What about malicious edits? Problem At first this appears to be potentially a bad mechanic. An offensive edit would cause the OP to get punished with automatic rep loss. If the community isn't paying attention they could flag spam and cause unwarranted damage to the first revision owner. There are ways to counter this. Before it reaches 6 ...


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No, it's not okay for a user to try to make themselves appear to be a moderator. There's a reason we strip out the unicode if someone tries to add a diamond to their user name, and that reason is to prevent people from being confused about who is a "real" moderator on the site. Adding the diamond to the avatar, and going through the trouble to very nearly ...


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Plz is slang, especially used by an immature younger person. Often when having a formal conversation people do not like the use of slang in the conversation. Also, to me, someone not taking the time to write out something as simple as please feels disrespectful to me; like I was not important enough to make our conversation formal. So things like Plz ...


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I think: you make a good point. Sure, you are upset, and thus your question comes over loaded. But that is the thing: even simple "icons" (symbols!) can have dramatic effects on certain people. And probably: when you suffered under a dictatorship, then you react pretty much allergic when symbols of that dictatorship are used like this. I kept such a Sowjet ...


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Context matters. In this case, the question specifically asks "Why are girls in Islam forced to fully cover their body in loose clothes and can't wear makeup?" and the answerer responds with why they believe that to be the case. You may disagree with this practice, and may feel strongly about this, but it was a targeted response to the question asked and was ...


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I actually share the frustration with this hat. This was the first hat I earned this Winter Bash, and before knowing it, I saw my avatar in this hat with a red star right in the middle. I almost hit "I hate hats" button, as I vividly felt "involuntarily joining the glorious Soviet army marching Europe" – not the best feeling, to say the least. While the ...


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I'm a moderator on one of the religion sites (Mi Yodeya). We contend with possibly-offensive and actually-offensive posts fairly often. In my opinion and experience the guiding principle in handling these should be: offensiveness is relative to the norms of the community where the post appears. Perhaps you find Islam's rules of dress offensive, and thus ...


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I think you are totally right. The latest podcast had an interesting interview with Roberta, and one of the subjects was sexist men that made the life of women in tech hard. I think a company, and SE as content provider, should be very aware of the message such a text brings to others. Personally, I wouldn't be interested in the company anymore, whatever ...


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The spam and R/A flags have the same mechanical effects on a post, so, in the end, it probably doesn't matter too much which of these two you use from that perspective (and an argument could certainly be made for either). That being said... Spam is probably the better flag here From What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do ...


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Thanks @jackslash for bringing this to our attention! Per the comments we've removed the section and we're reaching out to the client. In general, there are three ways to alert us of issues like these: flag a listing (if job listing) email careers at stackoverflow dot com post on meta like you did Thanks again!


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You're doing exactly the correct thing by flagging these comments as offensive. Moderators get notified when a user is repeatedly posting offensive and abusive comments. By flagging, you allow mods to handle this issue in a constructive, non-public-shaming way. Many times this works. Furthermore, moderators have more tools to handle such users' actions, ...


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Disclaimer: I'm an atheist and have no religious affiliations. I don't care whatever people do on their own community. We all have freedom of religion. But we don't have a freedom to force a religion. You are not being forced a religion, and being "forced to see them" is a pretty strong way to say "an ad showed up on my page". The Stack Exchange sites ...


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There's precious little value and plenty of potential harm from scattering vulgar language across the sidebars of the entire network. Not only does it irritate people, the titles also get indexed in search results as part of the pages they're linked from - we've gotten complaints from folks who found their questions listed in search results for some fairly ...


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Don't hesitate to flag. Even if nothing ends up being done about it, at least some other people will have looked at it as well, and will have held it against the TOS and common sense. (Yes, I do accuse moderators of common sense here). I'd say such an image should simply go. It pretty much violates "be nice". You can have your "political" beliefs, but I'm ...


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I originally recommended using the offensive flag option here, because the wording fit and it allowed a sufficient number of flaggers to remove such nonsense from the site quickly. That's still reasonable in many cases: the jackasses who post answers consisting of nothing but long, repeating strings of obscenities come to mind, and while perhaps borderline ...


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One thing I'd suggest in such cases is: never get to the level of your interlocutor. If others insult you, don't insult back. This will keep you in a pretty safe position, because: others will see who is the troublemaker more easily; usually when someone insults you they do it to provoke you, don't fall into the trap, stay cool, they will almost always get ...


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I process a lot of comment flags. I really want to find a way to reduce the number of comments I have to deal with and even considering that, I'm hesitant to consider this a good solution. I'm concerned that there are too many avenues for abuse or accidental usage, particularly knowing how mod comment flag processing goes. It's really easy to see a comment, ...


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Stack Exchange is not trying to promote communism. As you can see in the Wikipedia article you linked to, the red star is used (more often than not) to symbolize other things than communism. Heineken isn't promoting communism in Poland either. Should we expect hats with Swastika next? No. Unlike the red star, that symbol is (in black on white, when ...


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If an average person would clearly take offense at an avatar or profile due to: Graphic violence, nudity or sexual content Targeting of any race, religion, gender or ethnic group Exceptional cases where very poor taste would be likely to offend most people ... then you should flag it for moderator review. To be clear, we give people as much latitude as ...


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You should interpret spam / offensive literally. That particular flag is a red alert, the highest priority flag that we have. In fact, the list of posts flagged that way have their own special view in the moderator tools. Spam fighting systems that we now have in place are partly fed from this flag, so accuracy must be paramount. The post must contain a ...


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Drugs are bad for you, m'kay. Don't do drugs kids, m'kay. That said, I don't think the name is offensive at all. If it is, please also do something about Blue Ice. With Ice being slang for crystal meth, and Breaking Bad still on our mind, surely that's crossing a boundary as well. But no, just because certain things are not that great for your health, ...


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Its just a name, who said a username would cause someone to use it. You're having a username: Bohemian, that doesn't force me to go and Drink the Bohemia Wine. This really does makes sense! Before imposing something onto others, you must take a note of that on yourself! According to me, everyone has right to do what so ever he wants to do! So, if he has a ...


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I had a similar (custom mod) flag pending, though I formulated it slightly differently. The post was deleted before my flag was handled. Now, my flag is marked as "helpful", not sure if it was marked that way automatically, or by one of Meta moderators. As I expressed under Shog's post, I flagged the post because in my interpretation of CoC it violates: ...


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That was me. I looked at that one for a bit. While rude, deleting that comment would leave a constructive reply by the answerer hanging by itself. I thought there was more value in preserving the conversation than removing the rudeness. The problem we have is that there are usually only two actions we can take on a comment flag: delete the comment, or ...


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The user name field already has a filter that removes the Unicode ♦ character (and some look-a-likes) used to identify moderators. Users are not allowed to spoof this as part of their username. This seems like a reasonable guideline to me. Intending to deceive the community by making yourself out to be in a position of authority does nobody any favors. I ...


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