I suspect this user was temporarily suspended as a result of some of my back-and-forth with him on this question. I'm not sure I would have asked for an outright temporary suspension–I had been hoping to resolve the situation "peacefully".

(It was also a fun opportunity to practice my Russian, and it amused the Russian-speakers around me.)

I didn't downvote his answer until it was clear he had no idea what I was trying to say and didn't feel a need to either (a) clarify his answer, or (b) ask the OP what the actual question was.

I have no problem believing he answered the intended question, I just don't think he answered the question as asked, and somehow that turned into me being a moron. (Which I don't dispute.)

I'd prefer him back, perhaps with a note stating that I (me, Dave) really don't know what his issue was or why he felt the need to attack me personally–I thought I was pretty reasonable. (Delta an lol or two.)

I'm not convinced he went so far to deserve suspension, unless there was other stuff I'm not aware of. And if there was, tell me, 'cuz I love stuff like that.

(Coincidentally, he and I got in to it again recently, but I hadn't realized it was the same user as several months ago. I guess it's more systemic than I had originally understood.)

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    No hard feelings. This is not the first time for him. He has already a history of abuse/trolling. I can know it, I flagged him several times.
    – user138231
    Nov 29, 2012 at 16:24
  • If he attacked you personally, that pretty much merits a suspension. The first "major" incident is 7 days (default), the second is 30, and so on. Most mods don't jump to 30 days without cause.
    – simchona
    Nov 29, 2012 at 16:24
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    How about we have you suspended to even things out? Fair solution? :p
    – Bart
    Nov 29, 2012 at 16:25
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    I'm not a mod on this site, but generally if, as a mod, I feel a user's actions deserve suspension for a severe enough violation of the rules it wouldn't matter if the person targeted by their violations wanted a suspension or not. It's not the place of the victim to determine the punishment of the crime.
    – Servy
    Nov 29, 2012 at 16:27
  • To be fair his answer seems more on point and I'm tempted to undelete (and upvote).
    – user7116
    Nov 29, 2012 at 16:35
  • @sixlettervariables I disagree; as the question stands there's nothing about the link. That's why I stated repeatedly that he may be answering the intended question, but I don't see any way it answers the question as posed in the title and text. Separate issue, though. Nov 29, 2012 at 16:37
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    "It's not the place of the victim to determine the punishment of the crime." -- Shudder
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:53
  • un-too-localized title; voted to reopen
    – djechlin
    May 15, 2013 at 17:47

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A temporary suspension is handed out after a user has shown to not be receptive to multiple other attempts at correcting their behaviour. Your interaction can not have been the only reason. The fact that he was given a 30 day suspension means it is likely this is not his first suspension either, a first offense is usually 'rewarded' with a shorter period.

In other words, do not feel guilty.

See A Day in the Penalty Box for more details on what it means for a user to be put on temporary suspension.

I doubt we'll ever hear what reasons there were to put this user in the penalty box though. Generally, that kind of information is considered private.

  • Okay, I didn't know about the increasing penalties. I'll still feel guilty (mom trained me well) but a little less. Nov 29, 2012 at 16:39

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