Note: I checked that this question is NOT a duplicate of another similar question. I am not asking about being nice to new members or being critical to them. I am asking about the permanent ban some new members get.
I am a 1.9k user on Stack Overflow. I love Stack Overflow and I think it's great. I told my friend about Stack Overflow. He asked questions about VB.NET. Actually, I reviewed the questions myself before he submitted them.
For some reason that I don't know, his questions got downvoted. This is despite the fact that we are quite advanced in VB.NET and know what we're asking.
Yap, my friend is banned from Stack Overflow.
It's easy for you to say, well, Jim Thio, you're an idiot, read the FAQ, bla bla bla. But you see, I am a 1.9k member here. Yes, sometimes my questions got downvoted too, but overall I know how to ask questions.
I understand that new members do need to be judged harshly because many may want to just spam. But what about some new guys that eagerly want to contribute and are just out of luck because for some reason his first two questions got downvoted?
(Could we please be a bit nicer to new users? is not a duplicate.)
I am not questioning that bad questions should be downvoted or even getting accounts suspended. But being banned for life? That's kind of harsh. Just an idea.
By the way, I too was once blocked from Meta Stack Overflow even though I have high points at Stack Overflow.
Hell, another idea is that users can transfer points from one Stack Exchange site to another. So if he's banned in one, perhaps he can "pay" his way forward.