There is an unregistered user, Alphonse, who continually answers questions with long blocks of text. While a part of the answer may be helpful, the bulk of it is a long rant in something of an essay form:

"Photons have momentum because that is the way our Universe works."

I've edited some of his answers hoping he would get the hint, but I think that since he's unregistered perhaps he's not able to see that his posts have substantial edits.

I've since stopped editing his answers but was wondering if there was a better protocol for handling this.

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    $\begingroup$ See, e.g., chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3594/… $\endgroup$
    – hBy2Py
    Commented May 4, 2017 at 4:04
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    $\begingroup$ Yes. Spicy jalapeño bacon... @hby2py $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2017 at 8:29
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    $\begingroup$ The usual protocol for dealing with bad answers is: if you think it's bad, downvote, and if you think it's really bad, flag it. Going one step further would entail moderator involvement $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2017 at 10:15
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    $\begingroup$ I think @hBy2Py is onto something - that Li Zhi -> Alphonse. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2017 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ @ToddMinehardt That's what I thought originally, but the pattern is slightly different. Some of Alphonse's accounts appear to have been used more than once, as they've accumulated a few dozen rep here and there. The many faces of Li Zhi pretty much always only had 1 rep. $\endgroup$
    – hBy2Py
    Commented May 4, 2017 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ @hBy2Py Li Zhi still has original account with rep similar to Alphonse $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Mith that's like patient zero, right? $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Commented May 6, 2017 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ @ortho Apart from the account Melanie's mentioned, there's this one [ chemistry.stackexchange.com/users/45743/alphonse ]. Can you merge them? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 5:54
  • $\begingroup$ --- @hBy2Py --- Brian The "few dozen" is now over 500 (on each of the two accounts I know) ;) $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 5:55
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    $\begingroup$ @paracetamol I can't merge them myself, and I don't see a huge point in doing so, unless the user himself wants to. And from what we can see, the user doesn't really care, so it would just be a waste of time. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 5:57
  • $\begingroup$ @ortho The Alphonse(s) have amassed a significant amount of reputation (over 1100 rep on both accounts combined). I'm not sure what overtures the Mods have made to Alphonse(s) (but I guess you guys tried already). Maybe sending him one more message and merging the accounts would work (It's just two Alphonses...as far as I know)? Your call though. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 6:03
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    $\begingroup$ @ortho Or...never mind. I left a comment by his answer to some question on handling/removing gallium; he keeps posting answers elsewhere...but he remains unresponsive. Whoa...instantly know how frustrated you guys are. I take back what I said previously ;P $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 6:47


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