From reading the faq, there does not seem to be much information on what is OK to talk about on meta Stack Overflow. If my question violates any of the rules here I will gladly delete it.

Right now I just got question banned from Stack Overflow and I really want to know why my question was a violation. Being new to this site I am not all to familiar with the ropes.

Sometimes the FAQ can't always explain every single detail of what exactly a violation is. I had a question related to banning. But before I ask, I just want to know if it's OK to ask that kind of question here.

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    You'd want to take a look here.
    – Makoto
    Jun 26, 2012 at 0:16
  • It is not forbidden per se to ask about question bans on Meta, but a mere Why was I banned? question gets usually closed as a duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997. I can see only a single question on your SO account. Do you have more accounts? Do you use a shared IP? Have you any deleted questions?
    – Dennis
    Jun 26, 2012 at 0:17
  • I understand that. I just want to know if it's ok to ask questions about how to get unbanned on meta stack overflow. Jun 26, 2012 at 0:18
  • I had two other questions but both of them I deleted. One I deleted for getting bad reputation. The other I deleted in response to the ban even though I had no ideas what was wrong with it. The one thats still there could not be deleted and thats about all of them. And no, this is my only account. Jun 26, 2012 at 0:21
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    The exact metrics are unknown to us mortals, but deleting questions make matters worse. You won't get much more information here on Meta then what is already written in the Meta post Makoto linked to.
    – Dennis
    Jun 26, 2012 at 0:25
  • You can flag one of your posts and ask a moderator to undleete your self-deleted posts so you can improve them
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 26, 2012 at 0:27
  • First of all is this question that I asked here a violation? Also is it possible to get unbanned? Jun 26, 2012 at 0:28
  • No, asking this question is not a violation. Yes, it's possible to get unbanned. You have to improve (edit) your posts so that they get a better score (upvotes and/or undownvotes). If the overall score of your questions improves enough, you can ask questions again. Allegedly, answering questions (with good answers that get upvotes) helps too. Jun 26, 2012 at 0:35
  • What about questions or answers that don't get any votes? Jun 26, 2012 at 0:37
  • Those don't count against you, but improving them so they get upvotes will help you
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 26, 2012 at 0:41
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    Thanks everyone. I'm ready to work and earn that priviledge back. Jun 26, 2012 at 0:43

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You were not likely block from asking questions based on one post. Question blocks are triggered automatically by the system based on a history of poor content — usually when most of your questions have been either down-voted or not voted on at all. The block simply says that we'd like you to work on your existing content before trying to post further.

To see why your content was not well received, start by reading through any comments left by users. If they are not clear (or absent), it is okay to leave your own comments asking for clarification. Work through the original post to improve it, when you can.

Next, I read through the advice offered by these links:

After all that, if you still do not understand the reasoning behind the voting, sure, it is okay to ask here.

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