52 votes
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Changing $dx$ to $\operatorname d\!x$

From typographical point of view, the question whether d in dx is upright or italic is not clear at all, it varies from author ...
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47 votes
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Low reputation users with a lot of ghost votes

Absent any evidence of wrong-doing, we must assume that users are right-doing.* As long as a user has 15 reputation on this site, they are free to upvote as they wish (provided they are voting for ...
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32 votes

User who posts ongoing contest problems

In the past we agreed on a policy to not allow questions from on-going contests. This is enforced. With zeal. Personally, I shoot first (=lock/delete), and interrogate survivors afterwards. The one ...
27 votes
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Am I in danger of being banned?

You're not; your account triggered a warning for a ban that is no longer in effect (it has been superseded by rolling rate limits) - the ban itself was turned off but not the warning. There's ...
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26 votes
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

Let me briefly answer your two questions, without dealing with the story around them. When the situation is complex, avoid flagging comments. When we see a comment flag, it is easy to take it out of ...
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25 votes

How to deal with users that just won't use MathJax?

Don't read their stuff. Downvote if need be.
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23 votes

Low reputation users with a lot of ghost votes

For the first example, the specific user in question is a very well-known SE citizen. He (going by the image) is not known for tolerance of poor quality and non-sense, quite the contrary. And, he ...
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19 votes

Is it appropriate to ask a question about a specific user?

No. It is entirely inappropriate to ask questions whose answers are speculations regarding a particular user. Users who become inactive have their own reasons for doing so, and it is purely up to ...
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15 votes

Question about Normal Human

Why is the user Normal Human always annoys every body with tags ? Not everybody, mainly just those that do not use them efficiently. They have automated this, which is why they are so prolific at it ...
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15 votes

What happened to NormalHuman?

End of July, to be precise, on or shortly before the 27th, I saw the about me of the user in question saying "delete me." This is part of the self-deletion process of SE for established accounts. The ...
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11 votes

Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

This case highlighted for me a limitation of the review queue process that might be worth bringing to the attention of the redesign project. The Answer posted (and deleted from Review) was quite ...
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11 votes
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How to deal with users that just won't use MathJax?

I would enforce a soft policy towards newcomers, helping them to be comfortable with the use of $\LaTeX$/MathJax$^{(*)}$. But if an experienced user keeps on writing badly formatted questions/answers, ...
11 votes
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What to do about these set theory questions

There are measures that can be taken, and are taken, to stop such things. I am not able to give details, which are not public for obvious reasons, but, e.g., (automatic) checks and restrictions are ...
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9 votes

What to do about these set theory questions

Indeed, this is a problem. And when you first note it, you sometimes feel that being a single user (with a single account) it is impossible to downvote, close and delete these votes. But you are not ...
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9 votes

About an specific user not writing properly

For a native English-speaker the comments you've chosen to highlight are mostly fine. Two of the comments might be regarded as brusque but not rude. There are two sides to this I suppose: Thesis ...
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9 votes

Questions posted during an online exam

To the best of my knowledge SE will not disclose this information, and it might be illegal for them to do so in the given context. If you consider it as worthwhile you could ask SE directly using &...
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8 votes
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About an specific user not writing properly

These comments paint me a picture of a demanding, impatient user, who tries to make askers to feel a little bad for wasting their time. I agree that this is not behaviour that we want on MSE ... if ...
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8 votes
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User with a pattern of completely incoherent answers

If you see a pattern of problematic behavior of a user, flag a post by that user as "in need of moderator intervention" and describe the problem. This applies to essentially any pattern of ...
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7 votes

Question having excellent answer marked as dupe of a newer question

Not only did the older thread have an excellent answer already Maybe, but see below. but the user who marked the old thread as dupe of the new thread apparently knew of the older thread and yet ...
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6 votes

Linking contributions from a deleted account to a new account

It is most likely possible to have your old submissions attached to your new account, however this is an action that can only be done by those with access to the database: SE employees. Your best ...
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6 votes

Should “specific-user” tag not be removed from Meta?

I don't think the tag should be removed. It is useful for questions asking about the actions of a specific user, and how the community (and not "specific users") should or can respond. Such ...
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5 votes

Specific user "spamming" questions of the same type

This is more of a supplement to an answer by another user whose display name frequently changes, but there are automatic systems in place for when a specific user posts too many "poor quality" ...
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4 votes
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Sharing MSE posts in other posts

Your user ID is there to keep track of how many users visit a link thanks to you sharing it; there is a series of badges for that, namely Announcer for 25 unique visits Booster for 300 Publicist for ...
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3 votes

Strange behave of the tagging system/perhaps user-account mismatch in SE

The question was asked by an unregistered user, and the account seems to have "split" (and a second account was created). The original question was asked by a user account with 16 points; then ...
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3 votes

Searching in comments for a specific OP of a question and a word used in comments

Stack Exchange API have a function to return replies to specific user, so it is possible that you could somehow search among replies to you using this. But as I am not really familiar with using the ...
2 votes

Are "How to solve in a few minutes" questions on-topic?

Definitely doesn't seem to be mindless social fun to me. If someone were to derive fun out of finding quick solutions/approaches to math problems, it shouldn't count as mindless :) The answers to such ...
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