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We also ask that users do not engage with this type of commenter. Reacting to provocations only draws more attention to the disruptive behavior, and derails from productive dialogue. If we see users “feeding” a problematic community member, we will remove both their comments and users’ responses. Instead, we encourage reporting counterproductive behavior through the “report” button which can be found on every comment.
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