Should this new question new OP be forwarded to authorities?

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    Why? It's asking for a word, not a method to kill someone.
    – NVZ
    Mar 22 '18 at 14:11
  • a down vote ... seriously!
    – lbf
    Mar 22 '18 at 14:18
  • Down votes in meta usually express disagreement with your question, not that people think a question is not a good one. Mar 22 '18 at 15:28
  • aye aye ... i've done my civic duty.
    – lbf
    Mar 22 '18 at 15:30
  • It might have been helpful if someone had asked for a sample sentence (as is generally required for these kinds of requests) before the OP got an accepted answer. Without any further context, it sounds like a pretty standard request, and I don't think there's anything to report. FWIW, I've voted to close as off-topic, sub-reason "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered."
    – 1006a
    Mar 22 '18 at 15:45
  • I guess you are joking....
    – user 66974
    Mar 22 '18 at 16:34
  • Next time... flag the question to the mods who will respond responsibly and appropriately. They'll either say "helpful" or "declined". I think, even if you could correctly identify this person in real life, the police authorities would tell you that the person is not breaking any law. He or she is only asking a question, they have not expressed the desire to murder innocent people. Big difference.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 22 '18 at 20:30
  • @Mari-LouA I did flag it too. Should i have not posted the question on this forum?
    – lbf
    Mar 22 '18 at 20:44
  • I think you erred on the alarmist side. Let's say the protagonist expressed sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing animals, and it was clear the OP was talking about themself, I would have cast my vote to close, and then cast a vote to delete the question. If the question remained, and earned even a couple of upvotes then I would have posted on meta.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 22 '18 at 20:56
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    @lbf it's fine to ask in meta. The downvotes to your question most likely indicate that users disagree with the idea that you think it's worth reporting to the authorities.
    – NVZ
    Mar 22 '18 at 21:00
  • If I asked a question about a term that means "eating too much" would you ask to report it to the healthcare authorities?
    – user 66974
    Mar 23 '18 at 8:38
  • @lbf I do not think there is any civic duty involved here but I did pause for thought about this question, myself, and I respect your caution and your highlighting of a possible concern. The user name choice added to my own impression, both the name and the number. Better safe than sorry, and you have done the safe thing. Respect. I have up-voted in order to cancel out just one of the overdone down-votes.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 27 '18 at 13:02
  • @NigelJ ... aye!
    – lbf
    Mar 27 '18 at 13:05

I don't think so.

It's asking for a word, not displaying any intention to murder or anything.

OP could be a writer, or maybe it's just fun and curiosity behind the question. Either way, it's fine.

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