I've seen what I consider a few abusive questions that would ordinarily attract moderator attention and possible deletion. Does flagging them as abusive trigger an auto-delete, if there are enough such flags? Is this OK to do? In today's SE, would that be preferable to flagging for moderator attention?
Does flagging them as abusive trigger an auto-delete, if there are enough such flags?
Is this OK to do?
If they are abusive, it is OK to flag them as abusive. The link above defines abuse, including: "As a rule of thumb, everything that would be out of place in polite discourse is rude or abusive."
In today's SE, would that be preferable to flagging for moderator attention?
A few points:
- As you note, the automod is working during the strike. So, this is the most efficient way of dealing with abusive behavior. Even outside of the strike, using R/A flags against R/A content is good practice.
- On the other hand, if the auto-mod deletes the post, the flag is considered handled. So, it's possible no human will ever look at it. And it's generally good for humans to look at rude/abusive content, since we can and do send mod messages and suspensions if there is a pattern.
- Personally, I view the presence of rude/abusive content on the network as a good example of why moderation is necessary, and why staff should not malign their moderators to the point where we resign and/or strike en masse.