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Maybe I was just a bit unlucky: I got some down votes, one questions has been moved to Ask Different and another question has been closed as exact duplicate (and it's even not a duplicate!) and now I'm banned to ask questions.

Since it's of course impossible for me to determine the number of cases which are similar to mine I can't say if it's true: but in my opinion the question ban rule is a bit too strong.

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Related (probably not a dupe though - no discussion over the justness of the threshholds): What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account?" – Michael Petrotta Jul 31 '11 at 1:38
Have any of your questions been deleted, mcb? By you or others. Downvotes on those also count against you. By the way, you should not have deleted the automatically-generated duplicate link. I've added it back in. – Michael Petrotta Jul 31 '11 at 1:44
Hm. I don't think so. I only once or twice removed my answer because it was obsolet, but it had no down votes (as far as I remember). 5 people considered my question to be a duplicate. Maybe that causes the ban? – Lenar Hoyt Jul 31 '11 at 1:55
I don't know what you mean by that last question. It's generally thought that the ban is influenced only by downvotes (not close votes, for instance). – Michael Petrotta Jul 31 '11 at 1:56
Ok, that answered that last question. – Lenar Hoyt Jul 31 '11 at 2:04
You also had one question ("Does stackoverflow have any patents on their Q/A system") that was downvoted three times and deleted. I know deleted questions are a factor, but I don't know the exact algorithm. The best thing you can do is edit your existing posts to improve them and try and get some upvotes. – Bill the Lizard Jul 31 '11 at 3:07
up vote 13 down vote accepted

There are a few issues here:

  • you are asking off-topic, end user, non-programming-related questions about how OS X works (two so far)

  • you asked an egregiously off-topic question titled "Does stackoverflow have any patents on their Q/A system?"

  • several of your remaining questions are basically bikeshed, opinion questions (which is better, chocolate code or vanilla code?)

I removed ownership of the patent question which was at -3 and deleted.

But fair warning, you REALLY REALLY need to read and closely. Otherwise you're likely to be blocked again very soon, because you are skirting the edge of what we consider viable here with many of your questions.

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I have to admit that I never read the FAQs. Sorry for that! And thanks for removing the ownership. – Lenar Hoyt Jul 31 '11 at 3:41

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