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I have a friend who likes to post answers on Stack Overflow. Sometimes he gets overexcited in the rush to post first, and he posts nonsense. When he cools down and looks over his answer he realizes his error and feels a little embarrassed and ashamed. So he deletes his post.

He's concerned that his account might end up being post banned from posting new answers. (as a result of these deleted posts)

What proportion of posts can be deleted before an account runs the risk of being post banned? (my friend is deleting less than 10% of his post)


This isn't a duplicate. The referenced question was asking about deleted questions. I'm asking about deleted answers

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marked as duplicate by Bo Persson, hims056, Martijn Pieters, ChrisF, Toon Krijthe Feb 12 '13 at 14:24

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Stop posting nonsense... – hims056 Feb 12 '13 at 8:31
sorry, you mean tell my friend to stop posting nonsense. – Aidan Ewen Feb 12 '13 at 8:32
Are you asking about the automatic answer ban or a moderator triggered suspension? – Yannis Feb 12 '13 at 8:33
yes exactly.... – hims056 Feb 12 '13 at 8:33
The automatic ban (my friends useful, and well thought out answers would probably deter a moderator from initiating a suspension) – Aidan Ewen Feb 12 '13 at 8:34
Then you won't get an answer, the details of the automatic bans are intentionally kept secret. Security through obscurity... – Yannis Feb 12 '13 at 8:35
There is huge difference between post ban and suspension.. – Shadow Wizard Feb 12 '13 at 8:39
To answer the question: the post ban algorithm is a secret on purpose; we can't know the exact effect of deleted posts but being here enough time I can tell it has a big impact. Better leave a downvoted answer around than deleting it. (assuming of course it can't be edited to correct form) – Shadow Wizard Feb 12 '13 at 8:41
Perhaps your friend can have you post answers for him as well if he's not entirely sure. Then he won't risk a ban. – Bart Feb 12 '13 at 8:48
This isn't a duplicate. The question referenced is about deleted questions. I'm asking about deleted answers (and since the algorithm is a secret there's no way to know that it's the same thing) – Aidan Ewen Feb 12 '13 at 17:08
@AidanEwen The answers won't be any different for answers than for questions. – Servy Feb 12 '13 at 19:00

If your friend is posting 'nonsense', and then realizing it's so bad that he has to delete it, then yes; he is potentially risking being answer banned, or otherwise suspended.

If your friend has this problem, he needs to do this: Don't hit "POST" until he is sure he means to post what he has written.

Also recommended: Outdoor activities, such as frolicking with unicorns.

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My friend is allergic to horses (and cats) - it's very likely that unicorns would make him sneeze. And I will certainly advise him to be more careful. – Aidan Ewen Feb 12 '13 at 8:36
Outdoor activities? You mean The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, right? – Yannis Feb 12 '13 at 8:37
@AidanEwen Unicorns are hypoallergenic. – Andrew Barber Feb 12 '13 at 8:37
Unicorn here. I can confirm that we're much safer than our terrestrial cousins. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 12 '13 at 9:47
What's wrong with our terrestrial unicorns, eh? You alien unicorns come over here, steal our unicorns' jobs... – Rory Alsop Feb 12 '13 at 9:51

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