A while back, I proposed giving moderators limited moderation privileges on closely related sites, but it didn't get very much love.

However, this is something that still would be really helpful: particularly on Programmers, where we routinely get people attempting to circumvent bans and rate limits received on Stack Overflow. We have no idea whether a person is actually banned or they just had a momentary lapse of reason, and we waste a lot of time trying to figure it out with very little confidence.

There was a proposal to prevent migrations when the post owner is banned on the destination site, but as I understand it, this only blocks migrations for people manually suspended (something we can already see by just looking at the user's profile on the destination site).

So in lieu of getting limited moderation privileges or blocks on migration for non-public bans, I propose a different feature: when a person gets suspended, rate limited, or low-quality banned on one site, annotate their connected accounts.

This way, moderators can see that a person is banned on the destination site before mistakenly being a party to a ban circumvention.

How about it?

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    Honestly, I'd like to just extend the other proposal to include question blocks anyway.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 12:34
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    @GraceNote it does Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 12:47
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    @Marc Ooh, excellent
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 12:58

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The core issue here seems to be the abusive "I can't ask any more, so I'll ask my question on a similar site, in the hope it is migrated".

This is already in place, although it isn't very common; in the case illustrated (programmers.SE), it has "fired" 3 times (on 2 questions), so it is working. To illustrate, this and this were closed with migration to StackOverflow. StackOverflow rejected them (because the user is blocked), so they ended up just as "off topic" (without any migration).

If there are examples of it not catching a block, please let me know.

A few of the migration rules are skipped if it is a ♦ moderator clicking the button, however: the "is the user suspended or blocked from asking" is always applied.

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    That's good to know. We had a couple of cases where we questions why the user had posted on Programmers and they admitted they were banned on SO so we didn't migrate. We were wondering if we should make the "comment and don't migrate" the rule :). Now we can go back to business as usual.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 12:58
  • Yeah wow: I guess we've all been super careful not to circumvent the ban that we never triggered it. Thanks!
    – user149432
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 13:00
  • Pinged you in chat, but for the sake of keeping it one place, we have reason to believe, based on the user's comments, that this question shouldn't have been migrated.
    – user149432
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 13:43
  • @Mark that user is not currently blocked. Maybe they have improved their standing since that time? Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 13:47

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