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I have been suspended for 14 days. I wrote a rude comment I admit (but I was provoked).

Do I have any way to try to get a lower supension? With this supension I will not be able to assign a bounty I opened some days ago in one of my questions.

Please note I didn't receive any warning. I just received this 14 days suspension after I wrote that stupid comment.

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If your history on Meta is anything to go by, I think you should use those 14 days to reflect on your participation on the site. – Ivo Flipse May 23 '11 at 12:50
if a comment is worth a ban then in most cases the poster is not going to care if they are notified or not. Have you a link to the question or comment (if they have not been deleted). – tombull89 May 23 '11 at 12:52
the question is:… but all comments were deleted – dynamic May 23 '11 at 12:52
if moderators shows any interest on you, you will be getting private messsage , asking for explanation of ur suspention. – damodar May 23 '11 at 12:52
@Ivo what problematic Meta behaviour are you referring to exactly? I'm having a hard time seeing anything out of the ordinary – Pëkka May 23 '11 at 12:53
@yes123, @Pekka, possibly the tone and grammar? – tombull89 May 23 '11 at 12:54
@tombull he's not a native english speaker so let's be easy on the grammar (which ain't that bad IMO btw). Re tone, can you show an example? – Pëkka May 23 '11 at 12:55
@tombull: did you mean grammar? :) (aww you edited your error now :P) – dynamic May 23 '11 at 12:55
A single spelling mistake is a moot point. YES, I AM a human being! Doh! add1: LOL guys, why you are making fun of this?. I mean, really? – tombull89 May 23 '11 at 12:57
@Pekka 5/10 of his questions are deleted and 2 out of the 5 remaining questions are closed. And judging by his questions on SO, he's not doing great there either. – Ivo Flipse May 23 '11 at 12:57
@tombull but that is hardly an example of bad tone, is it? In the context of the question? – Pëkka May 23 '11 at 13:22
Make sure you have a valid email address associated with your SO account. According to the penalty box posting,, they will try to contact you before suspending your account if they think they can. I would say that if you had a valid email address, got no warning, and this really was your first negative interaction where a mod got involved, you should have a strong case to have it reduced or eliminated, but that's just my opinion. – tvanfosson May 23 '11 at 14:06
@tvanfosson: Warnings are sometimes given for first offenses, but not if the violation is egregious. From the penalty box blog post: "The odds of moderators contacting you with a warning first will be in direct proportion to how much evidence you’ve given us that you are, in fact, a potentially valuable and contributing member of the community." – Robert Harvey May 23 '11 at 15:09
Just to clarify, there was indeed a message sent at the start of the suspension, just not a prior warning. It is in fact impossible to suspend a user without simultaneously sending a message. – mmyers May 23 '11 at 15:36
Presumably, they remain unconvinced that we need to make a special-case exception for you. They trust our moderators to make the right decision and not drop the suspension hammer unless it's absolutely necessary. I, for example, fall into that camp... – Cody Gray May 24 '11 at 10:18

It is possible to reduce a sentence. It doesn't happen often, but it is possible.

You need a strong enough case to prove that you should have a smaller sentence. When you got suspended, you should've gotten a notice that explained it (which is what I assume told you that it was for your behavior in comments). Use that as a channel of communication to negotiate for an early release, just make sure you can prove that you don't need the full 14 days.

Note that the simple presence of a live bounty, I wouldn't expect that alone to suffice as a strong case. You're far from the first instance of a suspended user who has a live bounty.

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Thanks for answer and.. Well I don't want to steal time from mods, if a mod will read this question and will find my points valid I hope I can get a lower penalty. – dynamic May 23 '11 at 13:38

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