Since this user continues to exist, and I know other users have noticed the nonsensical answers they are spouting... how do we intend to handle this kind of abuse?
In the particular case you are referencing, the person actually could contribute to the community (and has a couple of times, even if they aren't "model" posts). Being optimistic, I was hoping they would respond more positively to some of the feedback they have received and we might see more content that helps to improve the community.
But things seem to be getting worse.
This puts me personally in a bit of a position as things stand for two reasons.
- I see moderation here as working to provide support to the community as they decide it should be run. I am not here to set policy or make decisions about the community. While I have no hesitation at all with unilaterally making decisions when it is clearly of benefit to the community (i.e. removing an account created simply for spam, dealing with plagiarism, etc), I am hesitant to take action with an account that could provide value to the community. This is where being able to balancing my views against those of the other moderators can provide a check against possible abuse. Unfortunately, Craig is not as active and hasn't had time to respond to me in chat.
- As the only active moderator, I took it upon myself to make sure to comment when answers were down voted in hopes this user could learn how the community operates and improve their contributions. Having been involved (and frustrated on several occasions), this is where I would normally ask another moderator to look at the situation and take the necessary actions, again to avoid the possibility of abuse (or at least the appearance of such abuse).
So, I have adopted a "don't feed the troll" stance, although I wish it could be otherwise. If I don't think the contributions are of quality, I will quietly down vote them, but I will no longer provide any comment.
Hopefully, Craig will be able to visit again soon and we can discuss in chat how to handle this situation. Worst case, hopefully we will have three active moderators once more once the elections are over.
Speaking of the moderator elections, I held off a couple days while making my decision to nominate myself. I had hoped that several more people would have stepped forward by now, but so far
I am still the only one only one person has done so (thank you Ryan - who was probably typing his nomination as I typed this).
If you enjoy being part of this community, have the spare time and enough reputation, strongly consider helping the community by nominating yourself. It isn't a huge commitment and if you are stopping in nearly every day (and multiple times when possible), then you can help. There are only five days left till the nominations close.