There are some cases when there are some users with IDs like user1231** who keep posting bad questions knowingly again and again.

Does the community have the power to delete or suspend such accounts? If yes then what is the way to do it?


New accounts that post a series of extremely poor questions that aren't spam will soon find themselves without the ability to post questions in the future. This is an automatic process that can't be lifted (or levied manually) by moderators. Sometimes, we do place users in timed suspensions for low quality contributions over time in an effort to slow them down before they hit the automatic ban.

Accounts that post convenient links for our users to buy Gucci bags cheap are destroyed by moderators, just flag the SPAM and we'll launch missiles once we confirm it.

Just keep in mind, SPAM is blatant unsolicited advertising. Horrible questions are just horrible questions, an issue of quality - not abuse.

  • woooh, missiles!! It hurts! :) – Narendra Pathai Dec 8 '12 at 14:04
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    @tim Please stop targeting Pekka. He's only trying to make a living with those handbags. – Bart Dec 8 '12 at 14:06
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    @Bart He runs a horrible business. I have worn out my cheap Nike shoes pacing the floor looking at my quality replica Rolex waiting for my Gucci bags to arrive. He deserves this publicity, I tell you! – Tim Post Dec 8 '12 at 14:08
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    Damn, there go my hopes for the needlepoint pillow exchange. – Bart Dec 8 '12 at 14:16

If their contributions are bad enough, a post-ban will kick in automatically. Exactly what causes this to happen or when it happens is a closely guarded secret not even moderators are aware of. Have a look through the tag here on Meta for some interesting material.

When this occurs, such users will be directed to: What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?

It explains to them why the ban might have happened and what they can do to have it automatically lifted.

  • I could have sworn that notice said 'try asking your question on meta instead', I must need new glasses. – Tim Post Dec 8 '12 at 14:06
  • If only it weren't protected, I would edit it in. Sorry. ;) – Bart Dec 8 '12 at 14:07

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