I would like to make this question very generic instead of very specific.

Take a situation here. Suppose if any user gets banned from the site so and so allegations, and if that user doesn't feel those allegations are not true. Now

Can the user ask the moderators to prove those allegations? Can that user go above the moderators and appeal? If the user can appeal for the moderators decision, up to what extent of hierarchy he can appeal?

Research that I have done:
Since this is very specific question to SE, I have tried to search for similar questions in meta. How ever I didn't get any posts which covers my question.

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    Where have you been banned? I see no temporary suspension on any of your accounts. If you have been post (question / answer) banned, that is entirely automatic. – Martijn Pieters Dec 24 '12 at 12:25
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    What were those allegations? – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Dec 24 '12 at 12:26
  • I suspect the downvotes are due to the vagueness of the question and the lack of any detail. – Oded Dec 24 '12 at 12:29
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    @Martijn he's banned on the English site it's last in the list due to the 1 rep it cause. Ramesh - it says you are suspended "for voting irregularities" which is pretty plain. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 24 '12 at 12:29
  • @ShaWizDowArd: I didn't down vote any body in the recent past. Can I ask the moderators to prove and seek for information that supports their allegations? – Ramya Dec 24 '12 at 12:31
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    @Ramesh it's nothing like this. One possible reason is that you created sockpuppet accounts and used them to upvote yourself. If you are using a computer that is shared with your friends, one of them might have used it to create his own account and upvote you, and having same IP makes it look like it's the same person. The answer by Chris is the most you can do. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 24 '12 at 12:36
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    @ShaWizDowArd: Not necessarily, you can reply to a mod message (which is always sent with a suspension) as well. – Manishearth Dec 24 '12 at 12:51
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    I'll bet two beers the allegations turn out to be true. – Pekka Dec 24 '12 at 12:55
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    @Pekka Early Christmas spirit(s)? – Bart Dec 24 '12 at 13:03
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    @Pekka: having seen the allegations in question, I bet two Karlsberg Ur-Pils that he (probably rightfully) objects to exactly one word in the (boilerplate) message, while conveniently leaving out that the rest of it is spot on. (The message was not mine, I'm not biased.) – ЯegDwight Dec 24 '12 at 13:51
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    @đ»egDwight heh! I had a feeling like that (something like "but I didn't have 15 sockpuppets, but only 12! This is an outrage!"). Looks like we're both going to get drunk this Christmas! – Pekka Dec 24 '12 at 14:04
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    I kept reading alligators instead of allegations. I was wondering if the OP was referring to an Italian song: "There are two alligators, an orangutan, two little snakes, and a royal eagle..." ;) – kiamlaluno Dec 24 '12 at 15:08
  • I see this account has also been suspended on Stack Overflow, for the same reason. – Andrew Barber Dec 24 '12 at 16:42
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    You can always talk to the team, but you barely gave the ELU mod team time to respond to your reply before posting this. We do sleep, you know. – simchona Dec 24 '12 at 19:41
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    It doesn't work that way. People may review the question and decide to remove their downvotes, but there is no process for it. Consider that a downvote costs -2 and an upvote +5 and you will see that if the question is improved enough to get upvotes you will be better off. – Oded Jan 1 '13 at 13:18

In the first instance reply to the moderator message explaining why you think the suspension is unjust. However, be nice. Don't rant or accuse the moderators of malice.

If you want to take the issue further then you can contact the Stack Exchange team using the contact us (meta link) at the foot of every page. Click the link on the site where you have been banned.

It lists various common actions and, if none of these apply, allows you to e-mail the team.


Generally, "voting irregularities" means that you have used sockpuppets to inflate your reputation/revenge downvote someone else. It can also be for too much serial voting (i.e., if you give a particular user too many upvotes/downvotes). You may want to see this blog post as well.

Unfortunately, moderators cannot give the reason behind a suspension in public, so this is a bad place to ask for it. Instead, reply to the suspension message. If you feel the ban was unjust, use the contact us form

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