The question is here :


I edited to correct the wording and make it clearer. But I have to say, I am really stunned to be banned from asking questions just after 1 bad question. I think this is quite extreme, but that is outside the scope of this message.

I edited the question for clarity. What else can i do to be able to ask questions again?

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    And you don't have any other downvoted (and deleted) questions? – Bart Jun 6 '13 at 15:26
  • Not a duplicate. I read the documentation and it says clearly that 1) you need multiple bad questions to be banned, which was not my case (thus said solution does not apply to my case). And 2) I changed the wording of my question but it had absolutely no impact, ban still here, and downvotes still here. The answer to what we can do in this case needs an update or clarification. – Draken Jun 6 '13 at 15:30
  • Well, there you go (see George's answer). Hence a perfect dupe. Participate in ways still possible and gain rep in the process. That's all and all of it is explained in the dupe. – Bart Jun 6 '13 at 15:31
  • Bart, i only have 2 questions. Ever. And the other question was not deleted or downvoted. I have no other deleted question, I really was banned for one bad question. (That wasn't as bad in my opinion, it might have needed clarification which i did but nothing that deserves such drastic measures.) – Draken Jun 6 '13 at 15:31
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    Well, it seems you have asked at least 3, not 2. One heavily downvoted. 1 deleted. And the other one doesn't add much to weigh against it. If that is all, the ban might not be very deep. The advice in the duplicate (and yes, it's a dupe) still holds. – Bart Jun 6 '13 at 15:35
  • I like how one person down voted this question, and went and downvoted my other questions I talk about here. Some people try very hard to mean for the sake of it. – Draken Jun 6 '13 at 15:48
  • -4 Now, great. It probably won't stop there. I think this site tries to avoid the "youtube comment" syndrome by filtering questions, but instead of manifesting in the questions people now channel their need for trolling into their downvoting now it seems. – Draken Jun 6 '13 at 15:51
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    That's a bit of an unfortunate side-effect of Meta. If you bring your questions to the attention of the community, attention you will get. And that might result in votes (up or down). I tend to stay away from it when brought up via Meta, but users are free to vote however they see fit. – Bart Jun 6 '13 at 15:51
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    Please contact us using the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page; we'll help you work this out. – Shog9 Jun 6 '13 at 15:52

Actually, there are three bad questions:

What makes these 'bad' questions?

For What are some recent Web programming good practices and standards, it's the textbook definition of Not Constructive. You ask:

Now I am back into development and i want to play catch up. What did i miss?

How would that help other developers? Is that something that can be searched for on Google? I'm guessing you thought Stack Overflow was a discussion forum when you posted this, and then it was closed and deleted and you realized that we're not a forum.

For Why won't these 2 columns align:

This isn't an awful question, but it's not a really searchable question either. Trimming down some non necessary HTML and CSS would help it be a better question, but this could use a title makeover in order to be upvoted. Maybe something like?

How do I align two columns using CSS?*

*test title, I didn't actually look to see if this is what you are asking

For Best way to build a fluid HTML and CSS page:

You're once again diving into 'not constructive' territory. The 'best way' is the clue that maybe the question should be focused better. What's best for me is not necessarily best for you. How can we have a definitive answer to 'best'?

Once again, a title change could help your issue, because you're really asking:

How do I build an HTML file so I can change the place where different elements of the page appear simply by switching CSS files?

That's a good question; but we need some sample HTML and CSS to go off of, which you don't provide. It's still open ended, but with the right mixture of HTML, CSS and what you're trying to achieve, it could become focused enough to be answerable.

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    Now, where was that feature request to see your own deleted questions in your profile, again... ;) – J. Steen Jun 6 '13 at 15:31
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    @J.Steen - With these links the OP can see their deleted questions. – Oded Jun 6 '13 at 15:32
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    @Oded Yes, I know. I was being snarky! Perhaps a little unnecessarily. What I was implying, was, that if that feature was in place then you wouldn't have to ask a mod for the links. Not that it's a lot of trouble, but still. I like doing things by myself first and only asking for help when I absolutely have to. – J. Steen Jun 6 '13 at 15:33
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    What makes the second question bad? It didn't get any bad votes and it was very specific! – Draken Jun 6 '13 at 15:34
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    @Oded I think we'd stop these meta questions if we could let question banned users see their deleted posts in their profile. Granted, we'd get all new ones, but I'm getting a little tired of having to link people to their posts every single time they're question banned. – George Stocker Jun 6 '13 at 15:38
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    I am concerned that it takes only three questions to get question-banned. – ale Jun 6 '13 at 15:43
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    @AlEverett When they're really bad questions (downvoted, deleted, closed), I'm not. I just wish we would show users these questions in their profile; as well as giving a message why the question was deleted (deleted by the community, for help in getting your question undeleted, see this help center post, or something like that). – George Stocker Jun 6 '13 at 15:44
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    @AlEverett, seems to me that three questions from someone with zero answers is a reasonable point to ban at. It's a question AND answer site, after all ;) I hope that people who have some answers (and some upvotes from those) would have a lot longer leash. – Joe Jun 6 '13 at 15:45
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    Question bans are supposed to be for people with a pattern of bad questions. I just don't think three is enough to establish a pattern. Five, maybe. I'm not pushing to change it (goodness knows SO has more than enough questions coming in) but I'm surprised it's that low. – ale Jun 6 '13 at 15:47
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    @George - I don't think we need delete reasons. If you're so damn oblivious and ask a question so fundamentally terrible that it gets deleted, then I don't think tacking on a canned reason will help one bit. – Adam Rackis Jun 6 '13 at 16:39
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    @Shog - honestly I'd say that deleted question got the comments it deserved. Barbarians at the gate, and such... – Adam Rackis Jun 6 '13 at 16:42
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    @jadarnel27 - I'm happy and mellow, coding from home with some good music on :) I just have little patience for people who come and post crap with little regard for SO's standards – Adam Rackis Jun 6 '13 at 16:59
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    @AdamRackis I think the problem is, we're not doing a good enough job helping users who haven't posted questions understand that we are not a forum, and the normal rules people have learned over the x number of years they've been on the internet don't work here. We're trying, with the Help center, and "How to Ask", but we keep running into that age-old chestnut: People do not read. – George Stocker Jun 6 '13 at 17:15
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    @GeorgeStocker If "people do not read" is it still up to us to solve that? Up to a certain point, yes, but you can only take that so far. – Bart Jun 6 '13 at 17:32
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    @Bart, George, Shog - we can't solve the problem of users not reading, but we can easily do more than we currently are. This OP above strikes me as the type of user who may very well have read the warning if we threw a huge fire-engine-red banner in his face – Adam Rackis Jun 6 '13 at 17:34

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