When an account is suspended
The account will receive a private moderator message, explaining the exact details of the suspension and a box to contact moderators.
The account will be locked at 1 reputation.
The user page will have a visual indication that the account is in timed suspension. It will also include a brief reason of why the account was suspended, and for how long.
- The account holder will be unable to ask, answer, comment, accept an answer, award a bounty, or use any of their privileges.
- Migrations from other sites are prohibited and will be blocked.
- If the user is suspended on their chat parent site, they will also be suspended on Stack Exchange chat (chat.stackexchange.com) for the same duration. Changing the chat parent site will not clear the suspension. (If the user is suspended on a site different from their chat parent site, they will not be suspended on Stack Exchange chat, but moderators have the ability to change the user's chat parent site so that they are suspended on chat.)
- If the user is suspended on Stack Overflow or Meta Stack Exchange, they will also be suspended on the corresponding site-specific chat server (Stack Overflow chat or Meta Stack Exchange chat) for the same duration.
During the suspension
- Badges can still be earned and awarded, though they won't be visible on user cards on posts. This is to avoid making the suspension more obvious in case the user has a lot of high-value badges (but only 1 rep).
- To deter people from "rage quitting" and regretting it later, there is no link to the page where a user can delete their own profile. Instead, it must be manually accessed by navigating to
/users/delete/current on the site where the user is suspended.
- If the account holder creates a new account to bypass the suspension, that new account will also receive the same suspension period as the previous one, even if the old account was deleted.
At the end of the suspension period
Earned rep is reinstated. This may be different from the rep value at the start of the suspension because your posts may have been upvoted, downvoted or deleted during the suspension period, and some of your votes may have been invalidated.
A record of the suspension and reason is recorded that can only be viewed by ♦ moderators and Stack Exchange employees. Once the suspension is over, there will be no public indication that the account was ever suspended.
For a period of one year after the suspension expires, the account holder is not permitted to run in a moderator election on any site across the Stack Exchange network. The system will warn the user before they submit their nomination, but if they still choose to proceed, the Stack Exchange team will be notified and the nomination may be removed. If the user wishes to nominate as a moderator candidate, they must contact SE and obtain permission before running. (This does not apply if the suspension was in error or reversed on appeal.)
The temporary suspension is not related to question or answer bans; these operate separately. When the temporary suspension has expired or been lifted, you might still be prevented from asking or answering questions by this feature.
If an account is deleted by a moderator or staff member for spamming or user conduct, a 14-day suspension will be recorded under the account just prior to deletion. Should the same user recreate their account, this "suspension" will be "reinstated" (see "During the suspension" above).
What is a network-wide suspension?
A network-wide suspension is applied to all network accounts of a user. It can only be issued by Stack Exchange employees and is not bound to any duration limit. The most common reasons for a network-wide suspension are spamming, trolling, and to cool down.
Network-wide suspensions are actually a series of site-wide suspensions issued on all the user's accounts, and a mark on the network profile that causes all new accounts to be automatically suspended. The per-site suspensions can be lifted by local moderators.
Questions about network-wide suspensions can be asked here on meta with the tag network-wide-suspension.