Recently, I have been receiving comments from a particular (unnamed for anonymity) moderator which fall under harassment and rude/condescending (use of vulgar/strong language) category of the Code of Conduct. I have reported the moderator's comments on two separate occasions, but there doesn't seem to be any action that is being taken against the moderator. What should I do in this case?
P.S. I have nothing against the moderator personally and, on several occasions, the moderator has suggested several good changes as well. However, I think this doesn't atone for the instances of harassment that I have faced.
I received the following comment on one of my answers:
In place of randomly searching the web and drawing a conclusion from the most popular results that your search engine spoon-feeds you with, I recommend to develop a habit of referring to the authoritative sources directly. Here, I suggest reading sections 2.3.1 Base units and 5.3 Unit names of the SI Brochure. Alternatively, just avoid crap and read good literature that follow conventions and you will automatically write correctly because you will visually memorize how the term or its symbol should be formatted for a suitable occasion.
Now, some of you may not consider this to be rude, but I do.
First, I only verified what the moderator said. I already trusted what the moderator has said, but, nonetheless, I wanted to be sure. And Web-search is a very good way to quickly, albeit somewhat unreliably, fact-check suppositions. However, I always look for authentic sources when I do so. The web spoon-feeding me information is not the case here. What am I supposed to do, take the moderator's word at face-value? As someone who loves to research, I always give another check to the information I receive. Did the moderator make any reference while suggesting changes in the first comment, which I did incorporate? The answer is no. I never disagree with what is right.
Second, the moderator suggesting that I read crap literature is just beyond acceptable. If you see any of my answers, I always refer to authentic (mostly published work in peer-reviewed journals) and academic websites.
Now I am new to the website and still learning all the norms and it might take some time to get used to everything. However, such comments, while being rude and sometimes harassing, are extremely discouraging. I would have appreciated if the moderator
- had stated the references the first time the suggestion was made. The moderator seems to think their word-of-mouth is enough.
- would have conveyed their concerns in an appropriate, civil manner, without making snark remarks.
By the way, all this for capitalizing kelvin, which I thought was appropriate since it is named after Lord Kelvin (William Thompson). However, several users have pointed out that this is not how using the units works, albeit in much more encouraging tone than the said moderator.
Edit: Thank you to the CSE community and the moderators that looked into this. I feel happy that some action has been taken and the comment was modified to abate its rudeness.