Blog: June 2016

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Cultural relativism and the "offensive" flag

On the Stack Exchange network, posts can be flagged as "offensive" and validated flags carry extra penalties. Users who are active on one site can flag posts on other sites, including ones they're not especially familiar with, and, in fact, the network has a crew of people who do just that, monitoring the whole network.

One of those users asked: "offensive" in whose eyes? This person was personally offended by something on the Islam site about rules for women's dress, considering such rules to be misogyny. But the asker also acknowledged that it's in line with that religion's teachings. Are you supposed to just look away, or is it ok to go into other communities and flag things you personally find offensive?

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