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I thought I was answering or helping a PHP developer and got a post ban. Thx for fixing this.

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closed as too localized by Yannis, Rosinante, animuson, The Unhandled Exception, Adam Lear Nov 13 '12 at 2:36

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Could you please include the actual code in your answers? What's up with all the links? – Yannis Nov 13 '12 at 0:12
the formatting gets all messed up the code blocks are huge – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:13
Hm? Code formatting seems to be working for everyone else, perhaps you should take a quick look at the markdown help page. Also, most of your code snippets seem to be very small. 89 lines is the larger one I found, and that's hardly huge... – Yannis Nov 13 '12 at 0:18
well sometimes there are 2 or three of these – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:20
Yeap, I already saw that, it's not what I'd call huge. In any case it should fit nicely in your answer,. – Yannis Nov 13 '12 at 0:21
the combined total of this would have been 285 lines. thought it was a benefit to readers not a hindrance .... – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:26
Answers should be complete, you are not helping readers by asking them to go to another site to see the complete solution. And in this answer you just went too far, your link doesn't lead to the solution, but three other links? How's that a benefit to readers? – Yannis Nov 13 '12 at 0:28
they are developers they read – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:28
Even if they are developers, they really don't have time to traverse links. Link-only answers are discouraged and other users don't really post links like you do. – hexafraction Nov 13 '12 at 0:35
hey i've been here two days now i know – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:37
Now, to fix your post ban, I would edit code back into your answers, eliminate links, and otherwise streamline your answers to be upvote-attracting. – hexafraction Nov 13 '12 at 0:38
well that would be nice because i can't even comment just answer – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 0:39
well i can;t do anything on this system right now i am read only – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 1:07

You're not "read only". The only thing you're prevented from doing right now is posting more answers because the ones you've posted so far have been downvoted, deleted, or not voted on at all. This block is fully automated.

Among other things, we use votes as a measure of how much the community values and trusts your input. So to get your ability to post answers reinstated, you need to get the system to trust you again. You can do this by posting questions that attract upvotes, suggesting edits to improve others' posts, and/or editing our existing answers to improve them and get other users to upvote them.

Looking at your answers, I see that you primarily post short suggestions, sometimes with a barely described link. While you make improvements to get your access re-enabled, you should strongly consider reading the following:

I also suggest paying close attention to spelling, punctuation, etc. All of that matters when someone is trying to read and learn from your answers.

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so basically i can not contribute. my answers are actually long as they are in links to code snippets. – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 2:29
@DrewPierce Unfortunately, that doesn't count. All posts should be stand-alone even if all links break. – Mysticial Nov 13 '12 at 2:30
@DrewPierce You can start by editing the relevant and most useful parts of your snippets into your answers to make them self-contained. – Adam Lear Nov 13 '12 at 2:30
but i cannot edit them – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 2:32
and u lost a great resource – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 2:33
@DrewPierce There should be an "edit" link below every one of your answers. Like this one, for example. What happens when you click that? – Adam Lear Nov 13 '12 at 2:34
nah i will come here to consume not feed like everyone else – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 2:35
That's a nice way to say thx for fixing this. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 13 '12 at 3:03
the thing that strike me most is that developers are just looking for code that works. maybe not exactly the way they want it but they tweak it. so in two days i post 3 dozen answers or so and developers get it but mods don't. developers are on google they are here for a minute then follow the next link on page 1 of their search. – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 3:03
@DrewPierce While we do get a lot of "reader" traffic, many developers like you and (formerly) me are also using Stack Overflow and they tend to upvote answers they find helpful. People vote with their, well, votes around here. – Adam Lear Nov 13 '12 at 3:07
they read, they tinker, they read, rinse and repeat. but the mods here thinks that a solution or Answer needs to solve it but it rarely does. most are just flat out junk. then a mod comes along and says That is not an answer. Well heck what do they know about nuance. They are mods. It is arbitrary and they are ignorant of it all. Like dumb cops on The Andy Griffen show. But guys like me are trying to craft an answer for some dumb schmuck out there for an hour and in you swoop. – Drew Nov 13 '12 at 3:07
I'm sorry; I'm not quite sure what you're talking about anymore. All we're trying to do here is to get your answer-posting access reinstated. – Adam Lear Nov 13 '12 at 3:09
@Drew, you're comporting yourself very poorly. Folks here are helping you, and you're insulting them. Take a day off, come back tomorrow, and try again. – Michael Petrotta Nov 13 '12 at 3:31
You can work yourself out from under the ban. The linked post tells you how. Tell you what - if you improve your answers as folks here have suggested, and as Unhandled's link and the FAQ discuss, I'll vote the worthy ones up. That's how you escape the ban. – Michael Petrotta Nov 13 '12 at 3:49
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 13 '12 at 11:00

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