Do PSE mods (or SE more generally) keep track of comments deleted for “ harassment, bigotry, or abuse”. Should they? If yes, are there consequences for repeat offenders?


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There is no automatic consequence for repeated flags for rudeness or abuse. However, there are automatic flags raised when particular users accrue a number of these flags in a certain timeframe, prompting moderators to review the behaviour in question. This system is not perfect, so if you observe a pattern of rudeness and you want to make certain the moderators are aware of it, please do raise a custom flag explaining this pattern.

Users that repeatedly show such behaviour will often receive a message pointing this out to them, which can also include a temporary suspension, depending on the severity. The length of such suspensions increases with repeated infractions, see e.g. this post - the usual pattern is 7 days for the first issue, 30 days for the second, and a year for the third.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the clarifications. I was just curious: nothing specific in mind. $\endgroup$ Jul 19, 2021 at 21:45

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