This question from a new user asked if 'MSc holder in psychology' was grammatically correct. She noted, "This is for my personal statement for my cv", so it was of no trivial importance to the OP.
This comment said "Yes, it is as perfectly grammatical as "colorless green ideas sleep furiously". It is also just as funny." I thought this was somewhere between mockingly insensitive and downright rude, so I flagged it. I am very surprised to find that my flag has been declined.
This leaves me in a dilemma. Am I seriously misunderstanding the Code of Conduct, and in particular our obligation to take special care to provide a welcoming environment for new users? Have I misunderstood the injunction "No subtle put-downs"?
If I've correctly understood the Code of Conduct, could I have misread the comment? I dunno - I'd have thought that describing as "funny" an inexperienced speaker's attempt to describe their qualifications is not merely a subtle putdown, it's blatantly insulting. The only thing that isn't clear is whether they were being mocked for their poor language skills, or it was the actual qualification that was being laughed at. My heart goes out to poor Jana. What a brutally insensitive response.
Now, if I've correctly understood the Code of Conduct, and the comment itself can reasonably be seen as a "subtle putdown", then it would seem that the problem is one of enforcement. The Code of Conduct encourages us to report unacceptable behaviour, and says "We take your reports seriously." Yet my flag was declined, and the nasty comment has not been removed. Why?