As I am sure many have seen, there is an ongoing barrage of posts about how awful N64 emulators are.

These are constantly being posted under various user names, and being deleted shortly after being posted. They usually are accompanied by disparaging comments about anyone who's answered a previous one.

Can we have a short cut to getting these nuked or something? Or how shall we flag them?

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    See also retrocomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/q/940/1932 . – JdeBP Oct 13 '20 at 8:03
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    As noted in my answer to that question, there are plenty of good emulation questions on RC:SE and many of them have useful answers. Even the general question of why emulators for system X are of poor quality could lead to some interesting answers. There are good reasons why some systems can be emulated to a high degree of accuracy and other systems have approximations. As you point out, the problem is the way the questions are being asked. – Mark Williams Oct 15 '20 at 7:56
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    Maybe we should encourage them to post more questions, so that we can pass the 10 questions per day threshold and finally leave beta. (Stack Exchange: where distorting metrics until they become meaningless is the name of the game!) – user3840170 Oct 18 '20 at 12:50

Keep flagging these as Rude or Abusive (when they are), and closing them (when they're off-topic). The system isn't used to this kind of troll, but it should kick in soon and automatically get rid of the questions as they appear.

If you think there's an on-topic question hidden in there somewhere, please edit the question. Even if the posting user's acting in bad faith, it's better to salvage perfectly good, on-topic, answerable questions from their terrible framing if at all possible.

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    Yes, and may I suggest using the appropriate mechanism - there is a danger that we are closing questions as 'off topic' when they are inappropriate for other reasons. Abusing that mechanism would lead to valid questions about whether the site is working as intended. – Mark Williams Oct 15 '20 at 7:57
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    I also want to add that emulation questions will generally be considered off topic, according to the discussion at retrocomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/14/… – Mark Williams Oct 23 '20 at 20:16

I wonder if it may be feasible to implement a moratorium on gaming questions.

Meaning: any question submitted from an account with less than 200 reputation that mentions video games, consoles, arcade machines, emulators, controllers, cartridges or other peripherals would be liable to be closed on sight as off-topic. If re-opened, the question would no longer be subject to the moratorium and may be answered normally.

The moratorium would be indefinite, because I don’t want those trolls just ‘wait it out’ until some arbitrary deadline is over; I want them to actually go away. When they do, we may think about lifting it.

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