I was serial downvoted yesterday, today I've earned my reputation back, but I discovered that I've got banned.
Was it because of the serial downvoting?

  • Yes. Serial Voting is forbidden. May 4, 2013 at 23:09
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    @JohannesKuhn: Hmm? Surely being serially downvoted isn't forbidden.
    – Wooble
    May 4, 2013 at 23:10
  • Are you saying you are still banned, or you were banned until the serial downvoting was reversed?
    – Matt
    May 4, 2013 at 23:11
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    The OP was serially downvoted yesterday, and as a result was question banned. Even though the votes were reversed, they are still banned. I'm pretty sure this is their question (at least, that's how I read it).
    – user206222
    May 4, 2013 at 23:12
  • Sorry, did over read the I was part. May 4, 2013 at 23:12
  • @Matt, I haven't created a question since I've got serial down-voted, today when it was reversed, I've tried to post a question, and I was banned May 4, 2013 at 23:12
  • @KnightswhosayNi you got it right :) May 4, 2013 at 23:13
  • It's fairly unlikely that they you are still question-banned because of the serial voting. Likely you are banned and the serial voting is just a coincidence. If it just occurred recently, then you are probably very close to the threshold (keep in mind that one of the downvotes yesterday did not get reversed).
    – animuson StaffMod
    May 4, 2013 at 23:18
  • Ah! it happened to you too. How many others I wonder, who just wander off into the cold night and get forgotten. May 5, 2013 at 3:33

2 Answers 2


I think in your case, the reason for the question ban was the 6 questions you deleted over the last couple of days, seemingly in response to the serial downvoting. I've undeleted these, which should be enough to return you back over the threshold.

I've also issued a warning to the person targeting you with these downvotes, because you weren't the only one they were going after.

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    Thank you very much for your help :) May 4, 2013 at 23:23

It's possible that the system that does the question banning and the system that does the question-unbanning are not 100% synced up with the voting system. There's likely some caching involved.

This should theoretically fix itself in a few hours or a few days, but if you can't wait that long, you could flag one of your posts for moderator attention, and then use the "Other" option to explain that you were serially downvoted, which triggered the ban, then when the votes were reversed, the ban stuck.

As others have mentioned, and as ChrisF mentions here, if you're that close to a question ban where some serial downvotes push you over the edge, you might consider using this opportunity to edit and beef up some of your posts. This will not only help reverse the ban but also help prevent another one in the future, should some unsavory individual decide to go on a downvoting rampage.

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