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If I merge two accounts, what is outcome of posting privileges? One account does not have question asking permission, the other does.

What should be expected if I merge?

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That depends on the direction of the merge. If you were trying to avoid a question ban by creating a new account, then that new account will be merged back into the account with the ban and the ban will remain in place. – Martijn Pieters Aug 8 '13 at 15:13
If this - stackoverflow.com/users/2654498/nicholas-v - is your second account on SO, come clean now and get the accounts merged – ChrisF Aug 8 '13 at 15:18
@ChrisF, definitely my account, nothing I'm trying to hide here. Long time ago I posted on this account, without the expected question asking details... I understand perfectly on that account now, and I feel i'm functioning well. I have no problem with merging them... Hopefully getting question permission back is eventually a possibility? – Nicholas V. Aug 8 '13 at 15:20
How do you not have question asking permission? The account ChrisF linked isn't suspended. – Ataraxia Aug 8 '13 at 15:22
You mean you have a post-ban? Then surely you've seen the message that comes with that, as well as the link with all the info you need? – Bart Aug 8 '13 at 15:22
@NicholasVielbig - you need to improve your existing questions so that they get up votes. – ChrisF Aug 8 '13 at 15:22
@Ataraxia I believe this account that I am on currently, is banned on SO from question asking. – Nicholas V. Aug 8 '13 at 15:22
@Ataraxia - this account - stackoverflow.com/users/2287328/nicholas-vielbig - is blocked from asking questions. – ChrisF Aug 8 '13 at 15:23
@ChrisF - giving good answers to other questions can also help. – Oded Aug 8 '13 at 15:23
@Oded - indeed. I should have mentioned that as well. – ChrisF Aug 8 '13 at 15:24
@Ataraxia , yes. That's this account. I believe it's a SO specific restriction. – Nicholas V. Aug 8 '13 at 15:24
If it did it I believe it would indicate that you're suspended and for how long. And your rep would be locked at 1. – Ataraxia Aug 8 '13 at 15:25
@Ataraxia Timed suspensions and post-bans are different things. Post-bans are not indicated in the profile and the reputation is not set to 1. – Bart Aug 8 '13 at 15:26
Ah ok. I think this is relevant then: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/84668/…. It explains why post bans happen and how you can prevent them. – Ataraxia Aug 8 '13 at 15:28
Thanks everyone for the information. I was that guy (this account) in terms of question asking originally because I was new with SE in general. I have a good understanding of forum etiquette now, and was just looking to merge the to avoid the annoying auto logging into both accounts that is occurring. If I did merge them, and question restrictions were still present, I will be happy to improve my existing questions that caused all of this to begin with. Sorry about the novice beginning that I had with the forum on this account. – Nicholas V. Aug 8 '13 at 15:39

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Well, first off: if we catch you running multiple accounts to work around posting restrictions (of any sort - suspensions, rate-limits, quality-bans), you'll end up suspended and unable to post or edit anything. Generally, this happens becomes someone complains (re-posting the same poorly-written question on several different accounts is kind of a dead giveaway), but there are all sorts of stupid things that happen to bring this up. See: How should sockpuppets be handled on Stack Exchange?

If you request the merge yourself, the results depend on the state of both accounts - it's effectively the same as if you had just used one account from the start, with rate-limits, quality-checks and suspensions in effect based on the combined histories of both.

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so, yeah. I have two accounts (Nicholas V. and Nicholas Vielbig), and I didn't mean to violate all these rules by doing so. If merging the two restricts the resulting account until I improve my previous question quality, that is definitely fine with me. I am just honestly annoyed by having two accounts and not knowing which I am logged into when, etc. – Nicholas V. Aug 8 '13 at 15:41
Ok - contact us & we'll get you squared away. – Shog9 Aug 8 '13 at 15:42

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