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How does the Deposit-User work?

The official blog clearly says:

Depending on the severity of the problem behavior — and at the complete discretion of the moderator — your account will be placed in timed suspension for anywhere from 1 to 365 days.

However.. (click to reach the profile)

life sentence

Obviously, something here is wrong - either the blog post needs an update or the time displayed is wrong?

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marked as duplicate by Yi Jiang, ChrisF, Shadow Wizard, Time Traveling Bobby, Tim Post Mar 29 '12 at 9:24

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2025... Ouch... –  Lix Mar 29 '12 at 8:29
    
@Lix yeah, more than murderers get in our country! –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 8:30
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That's .. not a user. It's a temporal vortex that opens when humans dare to drink the blood of unicorns. Back away from it, slowly, but don't show it any fear, or spaghettification will surely follow. –  Tim Post Mar 29 '12 at 8:39
    
As Tim says, that's not a real user. The suspension is meant to be that long. –  ChrisF Mar 29 '12 at 8:41
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He's bringing it up because that user just appeared to have spammed this meta question, but it was the result of a merge on SU. –  Tim Post Mar 29 '12 at 8:44
    
@Tim true about the spam here drawing my attention. Still confused though.. you say some new (unregistered?) user posted spam here on Meta; his account was then merged automatically with that.. spam center account.. and only then was nuked? Anyway, the "about me" text is confusing would be better to start with "Hi, I'm not really a person" like the good old Community account because on first sight (and second too, actually) it appears like ordinary person who just spam all across the network.. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:12
    
@ShaDowWizArd It originated on SU as 'web hosting' (first account), then went to lots of other sites. When 'web hosting' was merged on SU into the 'Deposit' account, all sites reflected that. –  Tim Post Mar 29 '12 at 9:17
    
@Tim fair enough - learned something new (couple of things actually - Spaghettification might come in handy as well! :)) please close as dupe. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:18
    
@ShaDowWizArd To be clear, it only exists on SU, it's not a network wide catch all. This should not have happened (which is a strong argument against individual sites collecting spam accounts instead of just destroying them on sight). –  Tim Post Mar 29 '12 at 9:20
    
What?! Deposit used to be suspended until '89! –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 29 '12 at 9:20
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@Bobby 1989?! :D –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:23
    
@Tim wait.. so how did it happen then? The spammer stole identity of other account?? BTW he's on a roll today –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:24
    
@ShaDowWizArd: Mor like 2189. ;) –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 29 '12 at 9:26
    
@Bobby guess that a merciful moderator arrived! :) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:29
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@ShaDowWizArd: Merciful moderators...wait, we've got such a being? ;P –  Time Traveling Bobby Mar 29 '12 at 9:30

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Deposit user is a culmination of several hundreds of spam users (468, at last count). Some of the spammers were already suspended before merge, I assume merge adds the suspension term of the user to the existing suspension term.

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Yeah.. so is it your doing? :) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 29 '12 at 9:19
    
@ShaDowWizArd hah! –  Sathya Mar 29 '12 at 9:57

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