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I have asked the three questions below, one of which I deleted myself. How can Stack Overflow block me from asking further questions? It seems Stack Overflow is not for beginners, but just for people with years of experience.

Could anyone tell me what the problem is with my questions and how I can improve them?

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marked as duplicate by Shadow Wizard, Time Traveling Bobby, hims056, slugster, psubsee2003 May 28 '13 at 11:56

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is your question deleted which is negatively voted ? – NullPoiиteя May 28 '13 at 9:52
You forgot to mention the one that was deleted by yourself:… – Oded May 28 '13 at 9:52
Seems stack overflow is not for beginners, but just for people with years of experience - please see – GSerg May 28 '13 at 9:53
yeah, so what, but point is, I was given -4 for 2nd question . I fail to understand why – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 9:53
@Oded if there is only one deleted question then ... isnt question ban is too early i mean just after 4 down-votes ? – NullPoiиteя May 28 '13 at 9:53
Let me add third question also – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 9:54
To be honest, asking a simple question on my first or 2nd day , and me being doing programming since 1 month. So many experianced users down voted my question instead of helping me. So I deleted that one question. – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 9:59
Especially with regard to your deleted question you might want to read an answer I've just given on when and how often you should ask questions on Stack Overflow. Doing your own research is very important. The "I have no clue where to start" question is not really a good fit for SO. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:03
Duplicate ?? If I am facing this problem, obviously I will post it here, in hope stack overflow will help – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:06
@ubaidashrafmasoody duplicate means someone else already faced this problem and for help you can see that post ... and its helpful isnt it ? – NullPoiиteя May 28 '13 at 10:07
@NullPoiиteя I just posted this question again myself just to highlight this issue . Don't you feel experienced persons sometimes instead of helping with simple question just downvote :( – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:09
We're supposed to help here, why is this question being downvoted as well? – Jack May 28 '13 at 10:11
And most importantly i fail to understand, when i deleted that question, stack overflow awarded me with peer pressure badge. It just seems contradictory, first awarding badge then banning me from asking any further questions when all I had asked was 3 questions – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:11
@ubaidashrafmasoody From experience I fear that with the three questions and the downvotes you say you received, we don't actually have the full history of your account. But only a moderator can confirm that. That said, deleting your downvoted questions is a sure sign for the system that you're posting bad content. At some point it will stop you from doing so. It's however the overall picture that needs to be bad. Not a single post. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:12
The questions you have are fair. Even the one you ultimately deleted is a fair question to have at the start. No problem there. That doesn't make them a good fit for Stack Overflow however. Stack Overflow has a fairly narrow scope. Anything outside that tends to get "cleaned up" by the community fairly rapidly. That's what makes the site as good as it is, but also raises the entry level somewhat. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:19
up vote 11 down vote accepted

You are no longer question banned. You asked a regex question here, which received a few down votes but wasn't what I'd call a horrible question. Then you asked this extremely vague question about a bar code scanner, which you deleted after it received some down votes. Deleted questions are considered when the block is applied, and can actually count against you more. Thus, you weren't able to ask questions.

Up votes on your remaining posts automatically lifted the block, but do take care - you're right at that edge. If you have a question that is narrowly scoped, like:

I tried the following code to read input from a bar code reader but I get the following error:

.. we can probably help you. In the question you asked, you had no implementation yet - 'where do I start' is a question you need to answer first - we're here when you have some code, or a much more narrow question to ask. The question was simply too broad. Remember to read our guide on how to ask, and take a look at some existing up voted questions on the site to get a better idea of what would be a good fit.

Good luck, and enjoy.

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So those three questions are all there is to the user's history? Did things get tightened up recently? Because that seems awfully quick for the ban to kick in, even if not completely unjustified. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:23
Thanks, really appreciate, I will try utmost to ask question of optimum quality – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:23
@ubaidashrafmasoody Before you ask your next question, have a read through this excellent bit of advice:… – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:24
Thanks @Bart . You really helped me here alot – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:25
@Bart He was an edge case really, it was just the difference of one up vote. He had just enough activity for the algorithm to run, and most of what was there counted against him (deleting rather than improving is one of the things we try to heavily discourage). Most that hit this early on have had a few 'whoppers' which haven't been deleted. – Tim Post May 28 '13 at 10:31
Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See to learn more. – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:32
This is what I get now, even before I can post any other question , I am banned again, coz some users seems to be having really high ego i think, coz down votes again on old questions :( – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:33
@ubaidashrafmasoody Instead of going the "ego" route, actually improve your content. That's the way out, as indicated in the post you get to when following the link. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:34
@TimPost I see. Fair enough. I guess that indeed because of the usual suspects that pop up here, I had assumed the algorithm to be more relaxed than it actually is. – Bart May 28 '13 at 10:35
@ubaidashrafmasoody You undeleted the third question without improving it, and everyone on Meta is currently looking at your posts as you brought this issue here - despite being given basically the same advice in the link the system provided you. You were clear of the ban when I posted this, I suggest improving the question you undeleted (after the ban had been lifted), that should get you the votes you need to work out of this. – Tim Post May 28 '13 at 10:37
@Bart I received down votes on regular expression for indian phone number. When 90% of the answer i had given there, all i needed was little help. How to ask that question any other way :( – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:38
@ubaidashrafmasoody Everyone looking at your question here is now looking at everything you have ever written on the site and voting on it in one direction or another. I suggest you improve the question you undeleted very soon, and just wait to see what happens. We provide the comprehensive summary the system gave you a link to precisely so individual question blocks aren't hashed out here, for precisely this reason. – Tim Post May 28 '13 at 10:39
I can't improve that question for simple reason I don't need answer of that anymore. Still I am trying to change that question altogether – ubaid ashraf masoody May 28 '13 at 10:47
@ubaidashrafmasoody The block has been lifted (again) due to voting activity, and some editorial help from users that have read your post. I'd .. not do anything .. for the next few hours and let things settle down, after that you should be able to ask questions. The edits folks have made to your posts are good - you can study the changes to better sharpen your future questions, which should result in a consistently good experience for you here. – Tim Post May 28 '13 at 10:57
@ubaidashrafmasoody Normally, editing a question to completely change its scope is frowned upon, but I don't see what else you could have done with it. It was previously deleted, had no answers and no hope of improvement as it stood, so it looks like what you did (asking an actual question in its place) will work. If there's controversy over that, feel free to link to this comment thread. – Tim Post May 28 '13 at 11:11

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