This question just got asked, then closed.
I saw it in the Close Votes review queue, took a look, and saw that it was indeed close-worthy (on the merits of the question, not the querent), so I slapped on a VTC. Then I took a look at the querent's profile, and saw that they were an unregistered user without the Informed badge, so I gave them a pretty bog-standard "Welcome to the site, take the tour, this question could be improved by..." comment, on the assumption that they were a newbie who had asked a bad-but-in-good-faith question.
Turns out, they're actually a known suspended user trying to dodge a ban by posting under a new account. SSD, who knows this, asks the rest of us to take action:
Everyone else: please flag James if he shows up so we can respond in a timely manner.
Is there any way for non-moderators to know to do this, other than happening to stumble across moderator actions as they're happening?
Like, I personally will now know to flag new accounts that have the username "James Marshall," but unless I'm missing something:
- Nobody who doesn't happen to see SSD's comment on this one closed question will know to do so.
- If James comes back and picks a different username, I won't know to do so.
- I didn't know to do so on this question, because I wasn't aware of James' past suspension.
Is there anything we can do to improve this situation, or is this just one of those things that has to be left to the diamond mods in their exception-handling capacity?