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Great Idea, and Kasou, one of our instructors who takes time for us when her busy schedule allows, covered that in part here.
I had a guy in another forum on another site try to get me to use one that not only would have killed my system but the acctual bios of my computer as well.
That is very unfortunate & glad that you caught it, and rest assured if it happens on this site, that same member won't strike twice. Always report such incidents to a staff member immediately through the report link that has the destructive code (with "URGENT" or "911" as the heading, this forwards the page to the upper staff with your comments, and please PM me afterwards, I'll follow up to ensure that the appropriate actions are taken. We're not going to have mass Linux killers on the loose.
Those who commits these acts are likely anti-Linux, and grabs the commands off the Internet. BTW, there are similar Windows killers that can be copy/paste via cmd, ran as Administrator, and the result is the same. On the last Windows 8 forum where I participated as a moderator, it was reported to me, that member was gone on less than one minute with all of his/her posts totally deleted, as though the member never existed. These forums has powerful tools that's powerful in dealing with these types.
I can accept the fact that folks are going to make mistakes, as humans, we all do. However, those who posts commands to wipe out computers (no matter the OS being ran) are in essence, domestic terrorists & a menace to society, and deserves to be handled as such. Unfortunately we can't go quite that far, but we can see to it that the member never does it again here. These commands are not mistakes. and even in the one in a million event it is, the consequences still applies. No second chance for those who passes along code of mass destruction on this forum. We have a large audience, among the tops at what we do, and cannot afford one member on board to ruin our reputation.
Anyway, glad to have you abroad, and any time you need assistance, please ask. There's no such thing as dumb questions here. On the other hand, if you're skilled. always feel free to jump in and assist others. We need all of the Linux experience that we can attract and retain.
Enjoy the forum!