I want to contribute answers that get upvoted so I can get my ban lifted. The problem is I can't answer a lot of these programming questions.

Is there any way I can answer questions on the other Stack Exchange websites and get unbanned from Stack Overflow?


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No, the automated question and answer blocks are per-site and participation on other sites has no effect (positive or negative) on it.

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    This might make an interesting feature request. It would arguably make sense to allow users make up for their "sins" on another SE site where they know something about the topic, and can make better contributions. If they can make it on a different SE site, they will have learned the ropes of how the system works. (of course, if they continue to produce garbage on some other SE site and get blocked again, they probably need to be kicked out completely)
    – Pekka
    Sep 23, 2013 at 4:31
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    @perhapsPekka That would be extremely expensive to implement. These checks are calculated on the fly when someone posts a question or answer (on sites where they are enabled), thus this would mean aggregating across N sites, where N is the number of sites where the user had an account. At best it would be extremely slow. It's a bit of a novel idea, though - I don't think it's off base. It's just going to be one whopper of an implementation.
    – Tim Post
    Sep 23, 2013 at 4:56
  • @TimPost it must be noted, however, that Stack Overflow has more questions than all other sites combined (if I look correctly). Would it make sense to combine the per-site databases into a larger one upon which one could run aggregated cross-network queries? I'm pretty sure this is not the only case when one would want to run a cross-network query. Sep 23, 2013 at 5:12
  • @TimPost: How about using the site only query to check for a ban, if one is found check a daily cached value of whether the ban should be lifted according to other-site activity? Sep 23, 2013 at 9:57
  • We do have network wide queries to run (mostly for reporting purposes), but there's no problem running these serially, in fact it's quite easy for us to do. The payoff here doesn't really justify the work of combining the sites into one massive DB, technical concerns completely ignored. The other issue is what Undo points out in his answer, we're talking about totally different communities and topics. All we can derive is a sense of how articulate one might be, not their prowess for asking questions about cooking as a mechanic.
    – Tim Post
    Sep 23, 2013 at 10:08

No. The automated post bans for low-quality content are separated per-site. Therefore, each site pretty much knows nothing about your activities on other sites.

Here's an example: I get post banned on Physics. I then begin providing extremely high quality contributions on English Language and Usage. What does this say? It means that I know how to ask high-quality questions about English. It does not, however, mean I know how to write good Physics questions.

What you need to do is edit your existing questions and answers and try to get some upvotes on them. Once the system gets enough indications that you are providing high-quality content, you will be unbanned.

  • Can't you also provide good quality answers to eventually get yourself unbanned from asking questions? (I've heard about that, but I don't actually know, and it would make sense for cases where one's questions are beyond rescue) Sep 23, 2013 at 4:01
  • One would certainly think you could - from what I know, the system takes into account overall post quality. Therefore, you should be able to dig yourself out through that route.
    – Undo
    Sep 23, 2013 at 4:04

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