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If you flag a post, you will see a choice called "rude or abusive", what is difference between "rude" and "abusive"? They seem the same.

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  • Why worry over what they "seem" to be? Check them up in a good dictionary.
    – Kris
    Oct 14 '19 at 8:14
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Being "rude" is more of a passive action. If you walk by someone without greeting him or her, that would be rude.

Being "abusive" is being active in causing offense. If you scold, push or bump into someone (intentionally), or otherwise use "force," that would be being abusive.

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  • Please cite the source.
    – Kris
    Oct 14 '19 at 8:14
  • A 'rude' posting could be one that uses crude or offensive language, but without personally insulting the person it's addressed to. Oct 14 '19 at 16:20
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    I don't think being offensive is similar to being abusive. It seems that abuse seems to entail certain power imbalance.
    – Dvij D.C.
    Oct 14 '19 at 18:58
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In terms of flagging a post several actions, or reactions, tend to be grouped together. In this example "rude or abusive". In this view "rude" can be an action that induces a reaction whereas "abusive" is a direct action with intent (or uses inappropriate words or statements).

Examples:

rude: "your post is dumb"

abusive: "no one with a brain would post something so dumb".

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