I removed a rant from this answer. Is this the right thing to do or should I take some other action?

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seems like it should be handled like taglines and signatures and just removed. –  Raystafarian Mar 9 '12 at 16:15
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Note that some users are just stupid and think their rants are actually interesting. They're not. And in case you're not sure, you can always ask whether to do it / whether it was a good edit on chat. –  Daniel Beck Mar 9 '12 at 16:29
    
@DanielBeck which chatroom is best for asking questions about good/bad edits? –  Jeremy W Apr 3 '12 at 18:22
    
@JeremyW Just ask in Root Access, the general room for this site. There are usually a few moderators and experienced users in there. –  Daniel Beck Apr 3 '12 at 18:38
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That's absolutely fine to do. Here's what's wrong with rants:

  • They distract from the actual content of a post
  • They offer a possibility for off-topic discussion and flamewars.
  • They make you look unprofessional.
  • In the long run, they make us – as a site – look unprofessional.

We don't want that. So, if you can, always remove rants. Be nice.

In this case, the original answer was a pretty severe example, and should have probably been deleted. Yes, I know it's a self-answer, but maybe the OP can phrase it a bit more elegantly.

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Thanks for cleaning up the cruft. What you did was right, however, if it descends into a rollback/edit war, just flag them rather than engaging into a war.

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