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What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”?

When I click on the Post your Question button SO tells me the following:

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: * Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account.

What is the problem? Or am I blocked from asking questions on SO?

My reputation is 63 in SO.

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Andrew's a Unitato, Al E., BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 8 '12 at 13:56

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Please search before you ask. Occasional duplicates are unavoidable, but old questions are publicly available/searchable for a reason. This has been asked several times and can easily be found from a search of the error message itself. Usually, I don't leave comments like this, but in this case it seems relevant. –  Pops Oct 29 '10 at 14:49
    

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

We have a heuristic in place that stops users from asking questions if we notice a lot of downvotes for a users.

It looks like you tripped the heuristic, but just by a tiny bit. If you provide one or two more quality answers that get upvoted you will be able to ask questions again.

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Additionally, it seems like he has asked duplicate questions and questions which already exist in that form or another. –  Time Traveling Bobby Oct 29 '10 at 6:31
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Again, if the questions visible are all questions asked, the heuristic is way too harsh. I'm glad about every leech that gets booted out this way, but this doesn't seem to be one of them –  Pëkka Oct 29 '10 at 7:21
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@pekka we also include deleted posts in our calculations –  waffles Oct 29 '10 at 8:31
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@waffles: I believe he already knows that since he specified if the questions visible are all questions asked. It would be nice if you could tell us if he has any downvoted deleted questions, though. –  Andreas Bonini Oct 29 '10 at 8:32
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@Kop yes, but we are not going to release our algorithm cause it will be gamed, personally I see this as a failing of, us, the community. When you see question/answers by users with less than say 200 rep or so, please upvote if you want them to continue asking questions on the site. –  waffles Oct 30 '10 at 10:07
    
for example, @Tareq is probably missing only 2-3 upvotes, that could easily be fixed ... –  waffles Oct 30 '10 at 10:08
    
@waffles is it automatic as well, or does a moderator need to manually lift the ban? –  Shadow Wizard May 16 '11 at 12:44
    
@Shadow automatic –  waffles May 16 '11 at 13:09
    
Oops. Going to update wrong comment then. :/ –  Shadow Wizard May 16 '11 at 14:01
    
What about me, A asked a perfectly good question, which was downvotes a lot and now i can't ask question anymore. I triggered the heuristic too. –  Starx Mar 19 '12 at 1:59
    
@Starx on meta? you asked 5 questions most of which got heavily downvoted, take some time off... look at existing questions on meta and provide some interesting answers to lift the ban –  waffles Mar 19 '12 at 2:40
    
i asked 1 question that was voted to be moved to another shelf. also recently i deleted some of these "bad" questions thinking it would help me be able to ask questions again. now ive learnt it will give me more negative points. anyhow, its a bad system if a new user who has only asked 3 questions is banned when he is still getting used to the site. maybe there should be a leeway period for new users, negative points accumulate and user is banned from asking questions but they can restore the points (visibly). atm its just, ask some more questions, and maybe your ip might get privileges back. –  jskye Apr 25 '12 at 0:50
    
@jskye you are not banned from answering, answer a few questions well and your ban will be lifted –  waffles Apr 25 '12 at 5:14
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it's a shit rule, particularly for beginner (like me), who need to learn from mistakes, asking some basic questions to help understanding. Now you expect the beginners to answer questions, not to ask some basic or silly questions in the eyes of over 10k users. –  N Zhang Mar 1 '13 at 23:55
    
waffles the rule is good, but sometimes i think it is targetting the wrong people. I was happy to contribute on Stack Overflow and occassionally asked a question which got downvoted. I deleted one particular question as well after I saw that it was not so wise but nowhere anything that would justify a ban. I mean if someone like me has a reputation of 492 he should a least be gotten a warning first, dont you think? –  Petros Mastrantonas Feb 25 at 18:01

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