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I was banned at Stack Overflow from asking questions in November 2012. After some time that ban was lifted. After that I was more conscious while asking questions. I asked 4 questions after that. No upvotes but 2 down votes for a post. I knew very well they are well formed and they aren't off-topic.

See the below four questions

They are really new technologies. I didn't get valid or useful answers from Stack Overflow. But I found solutions from other forums, where employees are answering. I put those answers in my Stack Overflow posts for others.

It should take some time for others to sense it's usage. Because they are new technologies and they are not used by many like HTML, Jquery. So the attention for those posts is lower and the probability for getting upvotes is also less.

Again I am banned by your system. I suspect the last four posts might be taken by your system. If so, is there any fault in my side?

Based on the information above I have the following feature requests:

  1. Show the reason for ban.

    Update: Instead of showing this link for ban. Show valid reason for ban.

  2. Get compulsory comments for downvotes from users having less than 5000 points.

    Update: increase 125 reputation to 5000 for down votes, if you fear about invalid comments

  3. If possible try to rethink the banning algorithm with my above scenario.

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Regarding point 2 - See… – ChrisF Jan 29 '13 at 11:07
@ChrisF instead of show it as option, make it mandatory to register down vote for users having less then 5000 points. I have 400 points and i am having ability to put down vote. What if open 1500 posts and put down vote as time pass. – user10 Jan 29 '13 at 11:09
The mandatory aspect is discussed in the answers to the question - it would cause more problems that it would solve. People would just add "aksdlkfhslf" type comments. – ChrisF Jan 29 '13 at 11:11
Mandatory downvote comments will not be implemented because voting should be anonymous. But I'm afraid your case is an edge case. Active in a tag with not much activity can pose a risk. Maybe try to find another space to answer a few questions. – Toon Krijthe Jan 29 '13 at 11:12
@user10 The whole comments on downvotes issue has been discussed to death and is very unlikely to happen. I would not focus on that in this discussion/request if I were you. – Bart Jan 29 '13 at 11:14
i don't find any fault of @user10 – atur Jan 29 '13 at 11:19
Can you double check to see if you're still banned? I don't think these questions had anything to do with it. It looks like you were banned, worked yourself out of it and were right on the edge, then another down vote or two came in on something older which put you back. You are right on the edge again, from what I can tell (moderators don't have access to that indicator) – Tim Post Jan 29 '13 at 11:22
@TimPost MilkyWay. 30 minutes before my score was 396. It is now 421. Now my ban was lifted. Why should i come and cry every time here. I am sure someone who reading this post should gave some upvotes. You should surely rethink about down vote procedure. – user10 Jan 29 '13 at 11:30
Not really. You should try to improve all of your contributions so you no longer balance on the edge. @MilKyWaY The post-ban system is fully automatic. Evaluated each time you try to post afaik. – Bart Jan 29 '13 at 11:33
@hims056 :) Actually i am afraid to create more posts because of "Down Vote" system. – user10 Jan 29 '13 at 11:39
@user10 I too faced such a situation and as a last try I contacted the stackexchange team via email and got rid of this. Thereafter takes proper care not to get voted down.We can't do anything else. – MicRO Jan 29 '13 at 11:43
@user10 That has been discussed time and time again. Please do your research. Even on Meta. – Bart Jan 29 '13 at 12:06
@user10 Welcome to the relevant authorities. You will simply have to deal with the community discussion here. As for the implementation, that's not up to us to decide, but you cannot stop us from commenting on any aspect of your proposal. I understand the ban is annoying, but it's there for a reason. Stopping downvotes is a terrible idea. Just improve your content and you should have no problem. – Bart Jan 29 '13 at 12:12
Learn using "I" consistently instead of "i". Otherwise you may keep triggering the quality filter. – BalusC Jan 29 '13 at 12:34

This is what happened, as far as I can tell1.

Due to a series of down voted and ultimately deleted questions, a question ban was imposed. You then effectively lifted the ban by fixing some of them, and continued to provide helpful answers. However, you were barely over the threshold. As in a few down votes could have probably put you back in it.

You then posted your series of self answered questions. These were rather awesome, and you did all of us a favor by sharing what you learned so future visitors don't have to work so hard to find the information. As you noted, you're working with newer emerging technologies, which means these did not get a lot of attention. Thus, you didn't receive some positive votes that would have been well earned, which would have put you much farther away from the ban. Meanwhile, a down vote or two put you back under it.

As you can see, a few votes is all it took for it to lift again. Another few good posts from you will probably keep it from ever happening again. You might be safely on the other side of it now, at least to the point where a few negative votes won't trigger it again.

I'm sorry that you had this kind of experience with the system, not many people who find themselves question banned manage to work their way out from under it. It's a necessary evil, unfortunately, or the site would literally be overrun with extremely low quality questions.

So, thanks for being awesome and sharing what you know, I don't think you'll run into this again in the future, especially given the quality of your latest work.

1Moderators don't have access to the ban indicators, I'm presenting a very educated guess.

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It would probably be worth the time for a developer (or someone else with access to the ban details) to verify if this was indeed the case as described. It sounds reasonable to me, but no one of us can say for sure. – Joachim Sauer Jan 29 '13 at 13:07
@JoachimSauer To the extent possible I'm sure one will chime in. But, given that even moderators don't have access to any indication to the ban status on an account, it would be at best a .. vague confirmation. And, they may send the black helicopters if they think I'm too close to figuring it out. So, if you guys don't hear from me in a while ... well ... – Tim Post Jan 29 '13 at 13:15
There is no recorded history for triggered questions bans, but from what I can see right now, your conclusion is fairly spot on, @TimPost. – Adam Lear Jan 29 '13 at 16:41

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