I have an unsupportable hunch that many users here in Politics SE only skim the question posts and quickly move to the comments to see what others have said about the post instead.
My concern is that one can indirectly affect other's up/down/close votes by leaving comments saying the OP is angry, argumentative and making "rude and condescending comments" in situations where this is not happening?
Are these instances of "false flagging"?
An answer might address this question by breaking it down into two parts:
- Would "false flagging" be a not-incorrect way to characterize commenting that an OP is angry, argumentative and making "rude and condescending comments" in situations where they are not?
- Is there a better term to use for this?
In extreme cases, such as "I can see you have gotten very angry and have lost perspective; I will now attempt to calm you down and guide you to your mistake step by step" this could be considered a form of trolling and that's certainly not what happened here. But I do feel that saying that I am angry, argumentative and making "rude and condescending comments" as potentially influencing other readers, especially those that skip directly to the comment section looking for things like that.
So I'm interested in others' perspectives on this.
note: I've asked about 5,000 Stack Exchange questions in a number of different sites, and I don't really see this kind of thing any more except in Politics SE.