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When an OP is found out to be a troll, does an otherwise good question just disappear?

Asked by Kardamom (29388points) May 16th, 2018 from iPhone

Recently, several interesting Q’s were posted on Fluther, and most of us gave good, genuine advice on them.

Then certain things started to look fishy, so the OP(s) were flagged. Currently, at least two of those Qs have been sent back for editing. The Qs themselves, and the answers the collective gave were good, and informative.

If a user is found out to be a troll, or is otherwise violating the site’s policy (regarding their identity, or age, or possibly gaming the system), does the Q get reposted? Or does it matter if the OP (rather than the quality of the Q) is suspended, or possibly expelled?

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flo's avatar

Edited to add:
I need an example of a troll or “troll” question that also happens to be a good one. I find it’s subjective sometimes.

SavoirFaire's avatar

[Mod Says] No, the questions are not automatically taken down. And if the question is otherwise good, it will likely be left up. But the key phrase here is “otherwise good.” A typo-ridden question will still be taken down. A question that has devolved into accusations and/or personal attacks (which often happens once the community has decided someone is a troll, whether they are or not) will be taken down. And of course, a question that is sent back for editing before the person is found out might never get edited.

Kardamom's avatar

@SavoirFaire, if an OP is found out to be a troll, and people are asking about that on the Q, and part of the Q devolves into accusations (which happens on other Q’s that don’t involve ideas about trolls) why can’t the insividual posts on those Q’s simply be modded off (like they are on othet Q’s) rather than taking down the whole Q?

In the questions (regarding these current situations), there weren’t a bunch of typos in the original Q, and most of the answers were on topic, and well thought out.

Mod the name calling, and accusations if they are unfounded, but leave the good, thoughtful answers (for other/new/future users) rather than pulling the whole Q.

Also, several of us have looked through the Fluther Guidelines, and can’t seem to find the one about members having to be at least 13 years old. Has that been moved or changed?

LadyMarissa's avatar

I’ve been wondering the same thing. There was one oddly amusing post last night from a new member that I wanted to revisit this morning while I had a clear mind & I can’t find it anywhere. I know I responded; but, it’s not listed in my Responses tab along with the others that I responded to last night. I was pretty tired when I responded & am beginning to wonder IF I dreamed that it happened!!!

Aethelwine's avatar

It would be nice if some would not insinuate that the OP is a troll. Treat the question as is. The answers could help others who aren’t trolls.

Aethelwine's avatar

Also, several of us have looked through the Fluther Guidelines, and can’t seem to find the one about members having to be at least 13 years old. Has that been moved or changed?

When a new user joins there is a statement reading you must be 13. Log out and try to join. You’ll see it.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I don’t remember exactly where i saw it; but, I seem to remember that during the enrolling process that I had to verify that I was 13 or older in order to continue.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Kardamom “why can’t the individual posts on those Q’s simply be modded off”

They can be—if the question is otherwise good. But if the question isn’t good, and if it is mostly or entirely accusations and personal attacks, there’s no salvaging it. Years of experience confirms this.

“In the questions (regarding these current situations), there weren’t a bunch of typos in the original Q, and most of the answers were on topic, and well thought out.”

Not knowing which questions you are talking about, I can’t really comment. If I may take a guess, however the person in question might not have been a troll (despite the freely flowing accusations) and rather a genuinely underage person. As the privacy policy notes, “this site is intended for adults and does not knowingly collect any information about children under the age of 13.” We also actively protect the privacy of those who are under 13 (and in the case I am thinking about, it was quite easy to determine that the person was genuinely underage and not someone pretending to be a child).

“Also, several of us have looked through the Fluther Guidelines, and can’t seem to find the one about members having to be at least 13 years old. Has that been moved or changed?”

Aside from the privacy policy, which clearly states that the site is intended for adults, the rule is stated next to the Join button (which you can only see if you are logged out).


@Aethelwine “It would be nice if some would not insinuate that the OP is a troll.”

Indeed. Accusations of trolling are generally removed as personal attacks. It is best to assume good faith as long as a question is active.

flo's avatar

There was an answer I couldn’t read a few days ago, that was removed because of writing standards. I know it was another person’s question/OP, I’ll probably come across it soon if there is a new activity.

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