Is it against the rules to call someone a kook?

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    $\begingroup$ It’s hard to see how that would comply with any conceivable be-nice policy. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Feb 27, 2019 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ No name-calling. Just downvote and/or vote to close questions that don’t make sense or aren’t mainstream physics. $\endgroup$
    – G. Smith
    Feb 27, 2019 at 20:55
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    $\begingroup$ Honestly, this question itself probably violates the Be Nice policy. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Feb 27, 2019 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris Good point. I've fixed that with an edit. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Feb 27, 2019 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ You can, of course, criticize the ideas you find objectionable if you think it will do any good. But keep it impersonal and focused on what is wrong. $\endgroup$ Feb 28, 2019 at 1:02
  • $\begingroup$ You can say it in a subtle way which focuses on the content of the post: "This post is regarding extremely non-mainstream physics" will help reviewers and convey the same meaning. $\endgroup$
    – user191954
    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ Old discussion of this: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/340/50583 $\endgroup$
    – ACuriousMind Mod
    Feb 28, 2019 at 17:36
  • $\begingroup$ While I understand that very minimal effort would have led the OP to the SE Be-Nice policy, I don't really understand why this is downvoted to hell. We got a user who actually wanted to find out whether the site policy allows name-calling and putting down, before resorting to this. Can't we just make them aware of the policy, and leave it at that? It is a perfectly legitimate question IMO. $\endgroup$
    – 299792458
    Mar 3, 2019 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ @299792458 Originally it called out a specific question, so as mentioned, may have violated the policy itself. $\endgroup$
    – JMac
    Mar 4, 2019 at 14:22

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No, this would go against the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct (also known as the "Be-Nice" policy).

To quote from it:

No subtle put-downs or unfriendly language.

No name-calling or personal attacks.

I would say this falls under both, so it definitely violates the policy.

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    $\begingroup$ Furthermore, if you notice such content on the site, please flag as "rude" to bring it to the attention of the moderators. $\endgroup$
    – rob Mod
    Feb 28, 2019 at 20:43

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