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What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”?

Sorry to bother you. I've seen this question answered elsewhere on the site but don't quite understand the ban. I've been banned from asking questions on Stack Overflow, potentially because of a single -1 on one question. I've never had any downvoted questions before.

I'm committed to be compliant with the Stack Exchange rules.

Please politely explain, bearing in mind I'm new around here.

Why has this been locked? This question is unique because: I haven't done anything wrong that I know of?

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marked as duplicate by Bart, Josh Caswell, animuson, ben is uǝq backwards, Toon Krijthe Jan 20 '13 at 21:12

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Any deleted questions? – Oded Jan 20 '13 at 20:09
Not that I'm aware, @Oded... – user208737 Jan 20 '13 at 20:10
If you're sure you've never asked more questions than the 4 visible ones, are you using a shared computer perhaps? Or are you primarily using the site from a network with more SO users? – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:12
Private home computer, @Bart. I'm the only programmer in the household. Have posted more questions on other SE sites. – user208737 Jan 20 '13 at 20:13
Okay, that won't be part of the problem then. The thing is that it's very unlikely you have been post-banned for a single downvoted question and another closed one. – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:16
@Bart I've gotten the (exceedingly unscientific) feeling that the team has been tightening up the requirements, but if the visible history is representative this seems a little excessive. – dmckee Jan 20 '13 at 20:18
Can you sort it, @Bart? Can't imagine why. – user208737 Jan 20 '13 at 20:18
@dmckee I have entirely different feelings, but we'll have to wait for a confirmation on those... – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:19
@MuckyDucky No, I can't. I'm a regular user. And even moderators can't really do anything about it. It's an automatic ban. You should improve your standing by positively contributing in ways still possible to you. Then the system might automatically lift your ban. If there are no skeletons in your closet, this should not take too much work. – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:21
There are probably deleted questions. They don't show up on your profile, unless the user doing the looking is a mod. – simchona Jan 20 '13 at 20:24
@MuckyDucky A moderator might provide some more insights. But ultimately the answer is going to be "improve your contributions". – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:24
@MuckyDucky: users often ask about these on Meta Stack Overflow but forget that they have one or more downvoted deleted questions. Are you absolutely sure you have never asked any questions besides those four? – David Robinson Jan 20 '13 at 20:25
You do have two closed and deleted questions here:… and here:… . They were duplicates of others, but I'm not quite sure why Bill deleted them. – Brad Larson Jan 20 '13 at 20:29
@MuckyDucky It seems you've recently received an upvote. That might have helped, but means you are also balancing on the edge. Make sure to ask good on-topic questions. Re-read the FAQ if you must. Good luck. – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:29
The q-ban can go from off- to -on or vice versa on the weight of a single vote, so it is possible that you were banned got a vote and no longer are. In that case you are still very close to the edge. My advice: ask good questions. – dmckee Jan 20 '13 at 20:29

It seems too harsh to ban you, but I've noticed that 3 of your 4 questions on StackOverflow are off-topic (imho). You should read the StackOverflow FAQ, as well as the FAQs for other Stack sites you ask questions on.

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Ah, I see. Can this be lifted? – user208737 Jan 20 '13 at 20:19
Not by me. I don't think you should've been banned in the first place. – James K Polk Jan 20 '13 at 20:20
Hm, what? Only one of MuckyDucky's four visible questions is closed. The question ban is automatic and it wouldn't kick in for just one closed question. It would also not kick in for off topic questions that haven't been closed - it's smart, but not that smart. If there are no deleted questions, then the ban is strange, but if there are, then it might be perfectly reasonable. – Yannis Jan 20 '13 at 20:22
@Yannis I guess GregS meant "Only one out of four is closed, but be careful about your other ones". A statement I have to agree with. They are all not particularly strongly on-topic. I don't think he meant to imply that the filter took them into account. – Bart Jan 20 '13 at 20:36
@Bart: Correct, I should've have said that IMO 3 of the 4 are off-topic. That two of those are not closed is obvious. – James K Polk Jan 20 '13 at 20:38
Yep. I'm 14, so this is all one big learning curve for me, but as my experience grows I will take your comments into account. – user208737 Jan 20 '13 at 20:44
@MuckyDucky: Stick with it, visit some of the other StackExchange sites to see what they're about. – James K Polk Jan 20 '13 at 20:48
I see what you mean now, makes much more sense than what I initially thought you were saying - downvote reversed. /cc: @Bart – Yannis Jan 20 '13 at 21:45