I'm at a complete loss. I've got an auto-question ban, and I've done everything I can to get it removed. I have tried answering lots of questions, I have tried editing and deleting old posts which were of low quality, I've tried holding out until the posts aren't taken into account after deletion (30 days then delete then it doesn't count to the filter iirc). However, I still have a ban.

EDIT: Thank you! I'm now able to ask questions in Stack Overflow again. I appreciate all your help!

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    This is the first time I hear about the 30 days rule. Who told you that? Also, you have been posting answers, and it's clear (at least to me) that you've tried. Asking on Meta is perfectly reasonable at this point, imho.
    – yannis
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:30
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    With a +12 vote count on one of your answers, surely you cannot be far off. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:31
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    Deleting old posts may well hinder rather than help your cause. Were these questions or answers? Feb 8, 2013 at 22:32
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    Not sure if it helps, but given the answers you received to this heavily downvoted question, you can surely come up with a better question which does not invalidate the answers. Perhaps even resulting in it being reopened? Just a hint though.
    – Bart
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:34
  • It was questions. Thank you so much! Feb 8, 2013 at 22:35
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    @Yannis I read something at goo.gl/C1Kwu: Yes, deleted questions (if less than 30 days old when deleted) and deleted answers count towards an automatic ban. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:36
  • @ofstream Good to know, thanks.
    – yannis
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:38
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    @ofstream I've changed the phrasing of the linked question slightly from "I need" (which some might read as "give me teh codez") to "I want to create", which indicates some of your own effort. Perhaps that helps.
    – Bart
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:46
  • Congrats! Make sure to read the FAQ and the /about page in order to prevent it to happen again. Feb 9, 2013 at 10:22
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    I made sure to read those during my question ban :) Feb 9, 2013 at 10:35

1 Answer 1


Don't delete your old posts!

Even though posts older than 30 days are not taken into an account, their down votes still are. Flag any of your posts to moderator attention, tell him you want to improve your previous posts and ask him to undelete them for you.

Once the posts are undeleted, improve them enough for them to get upvotes and reopened.

Posting answers help too! So keep it up, you aren't far off.

Good luck!

  • Well, you can't be certain he isn't far off, for all you (and I) know, he might have 1K deleted questions (exaggerating to make a point).
    – yannis
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:35
  • Thanks :) It's really appreciated. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:35
  • @Yannis: He has a +12 answer, he can't be that far off. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:36
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    Highly depends on the deleted posts, a couple of -20 questions would probably negate that +12 answer.
    – yannis
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:37
  • @Yannis: Which (again) isn't very likely. I guess it depends on him though, improving his deleted questions is the way to go, answering will help. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:39
  • The worst I have is (iirc) a -5 question, the one I have hesitated to delete. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:43
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    You're wrong. Posts older than 30 days are not taken into account, provided that they were self-deleted.
    – a cat
    Feb 8, 2013 at 22:44
  • @lunboks: Amended. Feb 8, 2013 at 22:45

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