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Is there a process for identifying trolls on this site. I suspect that we may have one, but am unclear as to policies/procedures

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    Moderators can take actions if they consider a user's actions to have gone too far. Until then though I don't think there's anything to be done besides vigorous flagging. if we're thinking of the same user, they've already been suspended on another site, so... – Semaphore Dec 14 '15 at 21:05
  • Is it me? What did I do this time? – yannis Dec 15 '15 at 8:47
  • @Yannis Totally haven't been writing enough. – Semaphore Dec 15 '15 at 9:07
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    @Yannis I don't think it's you, and it isn't the trollish-answerer from months ago, but one asking questions ... if I'm thinking of the same user. – CGCampbell Dec 15 '15 at 11:57
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I wouldn't be so quick to brand a user a troll. Everyone's allowed to have a bad day.

That said, if someone's being rude or otherwise disruptive, use your flags. The site's moderators have access to all the data they need to fairly assess a user's actions, and all the tools they need to restrict those actions if they deem it necessary.

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    Well, I wasn't thinking of you! And the person I'm thinking of has a bad day every day. I won't swear they are a troll, they might just have terrible communication skills, but I have my suspicions. – TheHonRose Dec 15 '15 at 13:52
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    Heh, I know you weren't thinking of me @TheHonRose, my comment was in jest. However, even if you are absolutely certain someone is being intentionally disruptive, calling them a troll won't help and it might even make things worse. Trolls love attention and thrive on antagonism. Don't feed them. – yannis Dec 15 '15 at 13:57
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    I actually think identifying trolls is important. Some people are just unpleasant, but trolls deliberately set out to disrupt a site. I entirely agree about "feeding" them, I simply wanted to know if the site had a policy in place - most sites I'm on do. – TheHonRose Dec 15 '15 at 14:25
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    She was talking about me! I want the troll hat!! – Mark C. Wallace Dec 15 '15 at 18:21
  • @MarkC.Wallace Absolutely, Mark! ;) – TheHonRose Dec 16 '15 at 16:49
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    If there is a pattern of deliberately disruptive behavior, can we also use a custom flag on one of the user's posts to explain the situation? – Vixen Populi Dec 23 '15 at 23:13
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    @VixenPopuli Yes. If possible, add links to examples of the disruptive behaviour in your flag. – yannis Dec 25 '15 at 13:51
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I naddition to Yannis (if someone's being rude or otherwise disruptive, use your flags), add a comment as to why you consider something disruptive, rude or otherwise trollish.

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