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I asked a question on META about the notorious question ban and linked a question that received 3 down votes. Linking it here doubled the amount of down votes (though I was just using it for reference to ask what was bad about it). It was finally closed.

So should I change that question completely? Delete it? I have been answering questions and got my rep above 200 but I still cannot ask questions on stackoverflow

Excluding that now -6 question, I have 3 up votes and 5 down votes on my questions. I'm starting to think answering questions isn't going to help. I'm pretty sure I was punished for a question I deleted 5 minutes after posting as well (I saw the error and deleted it so I wouldn't waste peoples time).

<sigh>. I just want help with a confusing php question :/ I've spent so much time on here the past few days it's risen to my #1 most visited :(.

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, hims056, Bo Persson, Martijn Pieters, Robert Harvey Mar 1 '13 at 21:55

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You've got 200 rep and are question-banned? Hold on while I check your account. – Robert Harvey Mar 1 '13 at 18:20
Sorry, but your accounts are not linked, and Casey Hodge doesn't look up on Stack Overflow. – Robert Harvey Mar 1 '13 at 18:21
Thank you, – Casey Hodge Mar 1 '13 at 18:21
@RobertHarvey Yes for some reason it wouldn't accept the e-mail when I tried to ask my first question on META. – Casey Hodge Mar 1 '13 at 18:22
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Well, you've got a lot of downvoted questions there, chief.

Although your questions are clear and well-written, they strike me as dealing with basic, neophyte programming issues. If your questions are so basic that you need to go read a book on PHP first, it could explain why the community is receiving them negatively. You may want to re-evaluate your question-asking approach.

In any case, the community team informs me that, at the moment, you are no longer question-banned. Some nice people must have given you some free upvotes.

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Thank you so much and everyone that has helped out. My questions will be a lot better now that I understand the community a bit better. – Casey Hodge Mar 1 '13 at 19:28

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