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I feel I might have been hellbanned, and I'd like to know if there is any recourse.
A hellbanned user is invisible to all other users, but crucially, not himself. From their perspective, they are participating normally in the community but nobody ever responds to them. They can no longer disrupt the community because they are effectively a ghost. It's a clever way of enforcing the "don't feed the troll" rule in the community. When nothing they post ever gets a response, a hellbanned user is likely to get bored or frustrated and leave. I believe it, too; if I learned anything from reading The Great Brain as a child, it's that the silent treatment is the cruelest punishment of them all.
I asked a question earlier, that in my mind was decent enough, but even if it wasn't it hasn't gotten any replies positive or negative. For a community as vibrant and active as SO, this seems very odd.
Admittedly, I am a "Question Asker" and while I try to answer any question I feel I can add value to, my main interaction with the site has been to ask questions. Some of those questions may be sub par, too specific, annoying to look at, or whatever, but I never meant the community any harm. The fact is, I am not a schooled programmer and do not have a sliver of the knowledge that the typical "answerer" has. But I fear that because of this my questions have been deemed unworthy, and I have been hellbanned.
If indeed I have been hellbanned, this feels pretty lousy from the perspective of a user who had no malintent. Even if my questions are bothersome, I still visit the site, see the ads, count towards visitor metrics, and to be deceitfully eliminated from the community seems harsh and unwarrnanted.
If I haven't been hellbanned, then I apoligize for my paranoic question here, and if I have been I'd like to know if there is any action I can take short of deleteing my account and moving on with my life?
Honestly, this is a cause of great anxiety for me.