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This question has been asked already. But the answer has not satisfied me. I am using Stack Overflow for last one year and have Reputation 900. But I'm getting the error

"Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account."

when I post a question. I did not get many down votes, I got down votes only twice. I have asked my question in correct English, that's why I got 900 reputation. Anybody can help me to recover and enable my account? Is it not possible?

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marked as duplicate by hims056, Tobias Kienzler, ben is uǝq backwards, Aziz Shaikh, Emrakul Jul 11 '13 at 7:13

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Mikhail, see the differences? I am not sure this is the reason for the ban, but I do think @bluish's edit makes a huge difference. And I feel that after at least 250 questions, it's a bit of a shame that others need to invest time in such improvements. – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 12:47
You have a very poor standard of "correct English", I'm afraid. -1 for sheer hypocrisy, despite the edit. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 8 '11 at 13:01
@Arjan @bluish: As well as "Hi, This", "last one year", "have Reputation 900", the capitalization of "English", and "Anybody can". – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 8 '11 at 13:03
I think they set your reputation to 1 and you need to regain it by posting comments. That's what I think. Or simply change the website. go to another one even though Stack Overflow is great. They should improve their banning rules. – Helder Novais Mar 21 '13 at 1:20
@user2080876 Nah, if your reputation is set to one that means you're (temporarily) suspended for seriously bad behaviour – Tobias Kienzler Jul 11 '13 at 6:20
Its also worth noting that that reputation returns after the temporary suspension ends (which is relevant because that’s now happened) – Richard Tingle Jul 12 '13 at 10:11

You have pages and pages and pages of deleted posts, many of which have been downvoted. Those downvotes count against you. You also have a history of asking the exact same question several times an hour apart until you get an answer. This is blatant abuse of the system.

You need to show that you can contribute something back to the community if you want to continue using Stack Overflow. Start improving your posts in order to get some upvotes and you'll unlock your ability to ask questions again. Note: see comments.

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Aha, so an IP ban is "only" permanent as long as the score does not improve? We were wondering about that! – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 12:50
@Arjan: This is probably an account level ban, which will be removed automatically when the user's score improves. An IP ban (if I understand correctly) can only be manually placed and removed by a dev. – Bill the Lizard Apr 8 '11 at 12:54
(As for "permanent": Jeff once commented for the automatic ban: it is permanent by IP, it is lower level than account.) – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 12:54
@Arjan: I could have sworn this was reversible, but now I can't find where I read that. – Bill the Lizard Apr 8 '11 at 13:04
I was about to defend this user, but with this information (especially the pattern of repeating the same question over and over) I'm happy he got locked out. As far as I'm concerned, good riddance. – Pëkka Apr 8 '11 at 13:04
Are IP address bans considered more long-term than account bans? I'm pretty sure I'm assigned a different IP address at home every couple of weeks (and someone else gets mine; I'm just hoping there are no banned ones in my ISP's pool). It's interesting to see IP address banning is still effective (pragmatically speaking). – Piskvor Apr 8 '11 at 13:04
@Arjan I think that's "permanent" in terms of duration, not in terms of recoverability. That is, it won't go away with time, only by improving the quality of your questions. Like Bill, I recall reading that it is possible, albeit extremely rare, to climb out of that pit with enough revisions. But I don't have said post, so I wouldn't call anything I said conclusive enough to merit an answer to that question. – Grace Note Apr 8 '11 at 13:04
@Pan Piskvor Troglodytes: Same for people where I am. For such cases, the bans are within some range of IPs. Also see… – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 8 '11 at 13:06
@AndrewGrimm: How did I give that impression? I didn't mention answering questions at all. Improving existing posts is the main way this user could contribute. There are a limited number of privileges for a user with < 1000 rep, though, so answering questions does rank pretty highly. – Bill the Lizard Apr 8 '11 at 16:07
Ah, Waffles wrote on a related case: 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. (Of course, other cases might be non-resolvable, especially not if the filter has been tightened.) – Arjan Apr 9 '11 at 17:15
@Mikhail, I do not know. In the above quote, Waffles wrote about someone else who triggered the ban "just by a tiny bit". If true for you as well, then I think answering and getting upvoted might help, though you would soon be banned again when downvoted. But given the increased number of users who seem to have been banned, maybe the secret rules of the ban filter have recently changed. If so, then maybe your "filter score" is by far too large to be able to fix that with a few upvotes. Given your 207 (!!) deleted posts, I am afraid it won't be easy to be allowed to ask questions again. – Arjan Apr 11 '11 at 9:09
@Mikhail: If your SO usage is such that your questions frequently get deleted or downvoted, you might simply run into the same ban filter on a new account. In other words, the solution probably isn't simply to make another account - it's to make sure that you use your account responsibly. – Jefromi Apr 11 '11 at 13:07
@Mikhail, I've added a new summary at What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”? Hopefully it will be enhanced by people who know more during the next days; you might want to keep an eye on it. – Arjan Apr 11 '11 at 18:22
@Mikhail, that is VERY WRONG behavior. Reposting questions is just polluting our communities, and killing the Google search results. And by putting your (bad) question on the first page over and over again, you have been moving someone else's question to the 2nd page. HOW FAIR IS THAT? And, sorry to say, but your formatting is just terribly hard to read! (Learn something, please!) and..sorry to say..but your formatting is just terribly hard to read!(learn something..please!) Very well, I've explained all I can. Sorry, I now feel in your case the ban is right, though I don't know all details. – Arjan Apr 12 '11 at 10:34
@Nameless, aka Mikhail, I don't know what you're trying to fight about. You won't have much luck in changing history by deleting some of your comments. But I am glad to hear that apparently some of your behavior changed, so you can ask questions again. But I think the formatting is still very poor. Many meaningless dots, repeated question marks and exclamation points, lack of proper whitespace, lack of uppercase "I", to name a few. Why don't you want to improve that? That's not related to English, which people will gladly help you with. – Arjan May 9 '11 at 7:51

I cannot see if any posts have been deleted. But a ban with 900 reputation seems odd, though you did earn that by asking at least 250 questions. And you did get downvoted a bit more than two times, and the formatting of the above question does not show you, er, spent much time trying to make it look good. You should know how to format, after 250 questions?

Any chance that someone else is using the same IP address?

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yes ...thanks ..i have asked 250 questions..if I delete my questions, will it be recovered? – senthil.Freelancer Apr 8 '11 at 12:04
No, I don't think deleting is the solution, @Mikhai. What about the IP address? – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 12:04
cant i recover my previous state to ask questions?please... – senthil.Freelancer Apr 8 '11 at 12:14
Browsing through some of your posts, @Mikhail, I do feel that the formatting and the quality are low. (Like: many questions where you just seem to post some code with a not-too-clear question.) Still, I guess you'll have to see if anyone from the team responds here. If they do not respond here today, then maybe an email to might help. But: they are busy people. – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 12:16

Odd... While I can see plenty of reasons to suspend, I don't see where you have been (your rep isn't 1, which happens when you are suspended) and there isn't any annotations on your account...

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This isn't suspension. It's an automated question block done for lots of downvoted posts. – Grace Note Apr 8 '11 at 13:54
Like described here. – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 13:56
@Arjan, @GraceNote: and nothing shows on the account.... – Won't Apr 8 '11 at 14:01
Hmmm, Will, if it weren't for Bill's answer about many deleted posts, I'd guess it is a shared IP address after all. (You know that @Grace was not notified of your previous comment, right?) – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 15:19
@Arjan I have my stealthy ways of having already read that comment. ♪ – Grace Note Apr 8 '11 at 15:21
This user claims to be blocked too. Anything you can see there then? (There's a few similar questions today. I wonder if something changed, or if some threshold was exceeded since the introduction around August 10, 2010?) – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 15:33
@Arjan: User has several questions, a few have been deleted and closed, but the user only has one flag against all their posts. – Won't Apr 8 '11 at 15:45
Okay, I call upon you Sherlocks ♦ to have the developers explain how you ♦ can tell if someone has been automatically banned. ;-) – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 16:41
@Arjan: A destroyed account has their account deleted (they are now a ghost avatar) and all questions are deleted. A deleted account leaves the answers, but the user account is a ghost. A suspended account has a rep of 1, and their account is annotated (♦ mod can see) and there is a banner at the top saying the user is suspended. And, if none of the above can be seen, the user account is blocked via IP in an autoban. – Won't Apr 8 '11 at 17:23
@will look at the # of deleted questions on the account. hint hint. – Jeff Atwood Apr 8 '11 at 19:02
@JeffAtwood: Honestly, I don't want to scroll through 400+ questions to count them out. I would hope the note that informs (low quality) users that questions aren't accepted from their accounts anymore gives some details, e.g., "You have asked an inordinate number of questions (over X) which have an unacceptable average score of -Y" "You have an unacceptable average number of questions/answers being deleted by the community at over X%" along with (possibly?) instructions on how to fix the situation, if it is? – Won't Apr 8 '11 at 19:16
can't because that's a recipe for bypassing the filter. Beyond that, there are other reasons we can't, that I can't talk about. (FYI this user has 207 deleted questions.) – Jeff Atwood Apr 8 '11 at 19:37
@Jeff, though I guess improving the non-deleted posts could never make up for the score on the (207 non-accessible) deleted questions, still curious: how should we interpret "permanent ban"? Maybe like Grace commented on Bill's answer? "I think that's "permanent" in terms of duration, not in terms of recoverability. That is, it won't go away with time, only by improving the quality of your questions." (Well, actually I guess I don't even want to see all non-deleted post being bumped in an effort to get some upvotes.) – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 21:11

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