To be clear, I already know the answer to this question as it would pertain to the higher-trafficked Stack Exchange sites: it's an emphatic no. Answers are expected to be written in an accurate manner, using clear, precise language, and free of editorial and expression of political bias. But I am wondering whether the standards are lower for Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair. Or is this simply a matter of a site moderator abusing his privilege?
This answer was posted in which it includes a discussion of temperature of engine coolant. The author of the post, rather than using correct terminology, has chosen to include the term "Freedomheit". To those familiar with the reference, it's an obvious jab at foreign countries, carrying the same jingoistic attitude conveyed by such other terms as "Freedom Fries". To those unfamiliar with the reference, it's just plain confusing. Either way it detracts in a very real way from the quality of this site.
I first attempted to provide a useful edit to the answer, both to remove this improper language, and to improve clarity in a few other places. But the author of the answer rejected the edit.
As far as the clarity issues go, that's well within their prerogative. If they want their presentation to remain poor, they have that right. But the jingoism is not generally something that's tolerated on Stack Exchange sites, so I flagged the post to ask that that be corrected. Not only was the flag declined, the message left for me was highly unprofessional as well, leading me to believe that the moderator who declined the flag is the author of the post (which itself would be acting under a conflict of interest, not generally tolerated on Stack Exchange sites):
- Would the moderator who declined that flag (and the others regarding the no longer needed comments) care to identify themselves, to confirm or refute the question of a conflict of interest?
- Would the other moderators for this site, other than the author of the post, please weigh in on how they feel about inaccurate, confusing, and frankly offensive language being left in posts to the site?
For reference, on the question of conflicts of interest, there are several relevant discussions on meta.stackexchange.com, including these:
Who deals with a flag when you flag a moderator?
Can moderators handle flags cast on their own content?
Should moderators be allowed to decline flags on their own comments?