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Once in a while someone misbehaves on multiple sites at the same time, usually by posting spam or offensive content. We have the ability to apply a network-wide suspension in those cases and it is prominently annotated on every site profile belonging to the same account:

This account is temporarily suspended network-wide. The suspension period ends on $time.

However, this suspension only applies to the site profiles that the offending user has at that time.

We have over 100 sites now, so it would be great if a network-wide suspension also prevented people from creating new site profiles linked to the same account. Alternatively, having the suspension auto-apply to these new profiles would be fine as well.

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I vote for the second, along with a subscript saying haha sucker we know who you are!. (On a unrelated note, I may or may-not of had to deal with a massive amount of spam the last couple days.) – ryan Apr 24 '13 at 18:48
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How often do network-wide suspension actually happen, I've only seen them used two times now, they seem to be rather rare – Mad Scientist Apr 24 '13 at 19:20
    
@MadScientist They are pretty rare, yeah. Suspensions are supposed to be exceptional to begin with, and network-wide suspensions are even more unusual. Usually folks keep their misbehaving to one site at a time. – Adam Apr 24 '13 at 19:26
    
This should be done anyway, but in practice I don't see how it's going to matter much, since the OP can just use a different OpenID if they're really serious about creating a new profile. – Robert Harvey Apr 24 '13 at 19:38
    
I thought spammers accounts just get deleted, is there change in policy to put them under suspension instead? For the record, I'm all for the suggestion and prefer the second option: let them create the profile but have it insta-pended. :-) – Shadow Wizard Apr 24 '13 at 20:14
    
@ShaWizDowArd Most spammers are just "driving by" and should be just destroyed. – Adam Apr 24 '13 at 20:37
    
@MadScientist: In the past week I've seen a viable candidate for a network suspension crop up in TL every two days. – Manishearth Apr 25 '13 at 5:52
    
@Anna what's your current policy for network-wide suspended users who did open new account elsewhere? Do you hunt them down? While looking into that I stumbled upon this user who opened that account afterwards. – Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 7:19
    
@ShaWizDowArd We reapply the network-wide suspension to catch new accounts if/when we notice. – Adam Apr 25 '13 at 15:40
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This has been completed.

  • Upon a network-wide suspension all current accounts are suspended
  • All accounts created by the same user are suspended upon creation
  • All the accounts (original and newly created) are unbanned at the same time
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