I was serial down-voted by someone (not sure who) and after a few hours the system automatically banned me from posting questions.

I read the following...

What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?

...which did not mention anything about serial down-voting, only that down-voting in general is a factor in this.

I am NOT aware from all the reading I have down how to correctly approach this issue and don't want to waste anyone's time hence my question here.

So, what is the best route to resolve a question ban invoked by a serial down-voter?

  • When did the serial downvoting happen? – Alenanno Feb 12 '12 at 23:58
  • Have you deleted any questions? – Andrew Barber Feb 13 '12 at 0:18
  • I entered a couple (appropriate) up-votes, in case those help. I would be slightly surprised to find that serial-down-voting alone could result in a question ban. – Andrew Barber Feb 13 '12 at 0:24
  • Alenanno Earlier this afternoon over a span of a range of four minutes. @Andrew Baerber I don't think I've deleted anyone's questions? Didn't know I could. Thanks for your help Andrew! – John Feb 13 '12 at 3:39
  • You can delete your own questions. Deleting your own questions that were downvoted is a bad thing if done too many times. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 13 '12 at 8:21
  • Oh I see the option now, thanks. – John Feb 13 '12 at 16:18
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    @galacticninja he specifically said how it didn't help him. It's not a dupe. – caird coinheringaahing Apr 29 '17 at 17:34
  • @user00001 Thank you, mods are exceptionally overzealous and don't pay attention to details at all. Most mods I see should just be banned. – John Apr 30 '17 at 21:44

If they were serial down-votes then they will be removed by the system and the posts restored to their original scores. This should allow you to post again.

However, there is a wider issue here. If you are that close to a question ban then you should address some of the issues with your posts as outlined in that answer.

In the mean time look for some questions you can answer. Provide good answers (i.e. ones that get up-votes) which will only help your standing in the community.

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  • I've read the issues stated and they don't seem to apply. There are ten total down-votes with only nine of my questions actually having negative scores (someone noticed this and up-voted one of my questions). All the down-votes where on questions asked by me. Also I do make a modest attempt to answer questions, I'll just try to answer some questions in the meantime. I'll see what happens and accept the answer later if it seems to work out. – John Feb 13 '12 at 0:06
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    I think this is a fairly dismissive answer. Yes, it's possible that a user who's been serially-downvoted deserves a question ban. It's also possible that they don't, and I'm not comfortable with this answer coming from a moderator. Scenario: user has three questions, all with one up-vote. User is downvoted twice on each question, by two different (retailiating) users. Those votes will likely not be caught by the abusive-voting script. User is banned from asking questions. This is a somewhat-theoretical question (necessarily so, given that script details are secret), but not by much. – Michael Petrotta Feb 13 '12 at 0:11
  • No, it's pretty clear that this was by the same person, the timestamps for all ten down-votes are over a range of four minutes. – John Feb 13 '12 at 0:27
  • Accepted, I'm going to have to presume the system has a lag of over an hour as I was able to go to the question page without the ban though the down-votes were only removed almost two hours later. That's fine, I imagine that some direct human involvement took place. Thanks for your answer. – John Feb 13 '12 at 3:23

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