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Meet user952977, an apparently chronic asker of horrible questions. His questions are so horrible that he managed to get a suspension out of it. That's great! The system is working.

He's been suspended for a year. Those must have been some pretty horrible questions. The earlier question "What could cause users to be placed in the penalty box for an entire year?" suggests that year-long suspensions come only after earlier shorter-term suspensions have elapsed and the user continues to be horrible.

But that year-long suspension is still called "temporary." That wording doesn't seem right to me, even if it might fit the dictionary definition.

Can we find better wording for long-term suspensions?

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The current format of this question makes it more rant than constructive discussion. Something like "Please change the word temporary for members suspended for over X months" would be more fit. –  Shadow Wizard Sep 20 '11 at 17:07
    
I've attempted to remove aspects of my question that might seem rantish. –  Charles Sep 20 '11 at 17:19
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"Those must have been some pretty horrible questions." You can see the one question that wasn't deleted. He posted the same thing four times in three hours, so yeah, they were pretty bad. –  Bill the Lizard Sep 20 '11 at 17:42
    
@Bill Isn't 1 year a bit excessive though? –  NullUserException อ_อ Sep 20 '11 at 18:26
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@NullUserExceptionஇ_இ It does seem harsh, but consider this: @home don yu knw to how to response to the user req..?? if i asks sumthng yu must answr, don count the qustions try to answr, if yu don knw anythng don blabr sumthng, shut... i gt ta solution..!! fed up wit ur service..!! big thanks to plantinum..!! After the 4th repetition of the same question, I suspected the guy was trolling us with a fake account anyway. He can always create a new 1-rep account, so I don't think any harm (or good, for that matter) was done by the suspension. –  Bill the Lizard Sep 20 '11 at 18:33
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@NullUserException_: Sorry guys, caught this late. Thanks for the backup, Bill. Yeah, I debated destroying his account (and nothing of value was lost) but just locked it for a year. There is nothing to save with this guy. Of course, ANY user who gets suspended can reply to the suspension notice. Any rational human being of any worth would do so, pleading that the suspension was unwarranted. If he did, and promised he wouldn't suck wind so much anymore, I'd be all for removing the suspension. However, he won't, because he is a troll. –  Won't Sep 20 '11 at 19:45

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While the word "temporary" is used appropriately in this context, I don't see the need for it at all. The inclusion of the ending date precludes the need to specify that it is a temporary suspension. It could just as easily and accurately say:

This account has been suspended because of low-quality contributions. The suspension period ends on ...

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It is temporary because it is not permanent. That is the meaning of temporary: "lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent."

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