This is being asked due to this: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/116429/why-am-i-getting-the-sorry-we-are-no-longer-accepting-questions-from-this-acco

The guidelines for automatic question banning are these:

  • users who can't be bothered to form sentences
  • users who don't do the most basic kinds of research themselves
  • users who barely even explain what it is they are trying to do

Alright. Let's take a look at his profile. He has some good answers and questions, uses proper grammar (and edits if he notices a mistake), and questions are explained well. He clearly understands the rules, and posts across several sites on the network, including Area51.

A question ban for him makes no sense. Taking it to meta seems like a logical choice, but it was quickly downvoted and closed.

Why was he question-banned? (I'm not asking for a link to the official post - I want individual details)

And more importantly, why are we dealing with question-banned users who come to meta so badly?

  • 4
    One important point, deleted posts count for the ban, there is often a lot of stuff in these cases regular users can't see in the profile. – Mad Scientist Dec 19 '11 at 21:12
  • 5
    They are downvoted and closed ("treated poorly") because they are duplicates. The question it was closed as a duplicate of has a very detailed answer that should explain any problems. – animuson Dec 19 '11 at 21:15
  • 9
    Most users that come here to complain about their question ban already have two strikes: asking bad questions on Stack Overflow (strike 1) and opening the 10,000,000th duplicate of What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”? (strike 2). – Dennis Dec 19 '11 at 21:16
  • 7
    I haven't wanted to say this on any particular user's duplicate "Why am I banned" question because I don't know them, but...do you think that--just maybe--part of the problem for some of these users is a pathological inability to search before they ask? – dmckee Dec 19 '11 at 22:25
  • 1
    If waffles's post regarding that specific user answers this question, then I fail to see how this isn't a dupe of the one you're asking about. – Josh Caswell Dec 19 '11 at 23:05

It is working perfectly here. The user has TONS of deleted heavily downvoted questions.

Move along ... nothing to see.

  • Seems he was a troublemaker after all. Any reason why questions aren't automatically undeleted upon question-banning? – Pubby Dec 19 '11 at 21:22
  • 18
    @Santa: Why on earth would crap be re-exposed just because the user isn't allowed to make more of it? – Josh Caswell Dec 19 '11 at 21:23
  • 6
    @SantaClaus Why should they be? If a question was deleted in the first place, it was for a reason and it should remain deleted. – Adam Lear Dec 19 '11 at 21:24
  • 1
    @Problem They don't have to come up in searches, just visible on the profile page. Would have prevented this question if I would have known he deleted so much. – Pubby Dec 19 '11 at 21:28
  • 18
    I wonder if, instead, 10k users could see some indication on a user's profile of "lots of deleted posts", in some way? That might help us in cases like this, to be able to explain. Maybe? – Andrew Barber Dec 19 '11 at 21:31

And more importantly, why are we dealing with question-banned users who come to meta so badly?

I think that a large part of the reason such questions get closed is that there's pretty much nothing that regular users or even diamond mods can do about a question ban. The exact algorithm is secret; mods don't even have a way to know if a user is banned. Only a member of the dev team can meaningfully interact with a question-banned user.

Apart from following the (quite thorough and specific) advice given in the FAQ used as duplicate, the only reasonable course of action for the user is an email directly to team@stackoverflow.com

A meta question addressing an individual user subject to the ban, while appropriate on its face, is at root useless.

Further, as Anna Lear noted below, the user has already been presented with the FAQ upon receiving the ban message. Absent any indication that the advice there has been read and followed, a meta question about the ban becomes worse than useless -- it is an active waste of others' time.

It seems to me that the fact that waffles's is the accepted answer to this question kind of proves my point. All I or anyone else could do was to offer general advice.

  • 8
    Plus, there's a link to THE meta post about what to do in case of getting banned right there in the ban message. Not following it and coming to ask "why am I getting this message" on meta instead is a sign of someone being lazy in 99% of the cases. – Adam Lear Dec 19 '11 at 21:21
  • 3
    Nothing says "run by the community" like unilateral banning by double-diamond mods, and secret algorithms that determine when democracy has failed and the user must have his question-asking abilities revoked. – Evan Carroll Dec 19 '11 at 21:24
  • 15
    @EvanCarroll Who do you think downvotes and closes questions that lead to question banning? It's the community. Please stop your banner waving and come up with a better solution to the problem of floods of low-quality questions. – Bill the Lizard Dec 19 '11 at 21:48
  • 19
    @EvanCarroll: That fact that you are still allowed to post here proves that you are wrong. – Dennis Dec 19 '11 at 21:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .