Apparently I can no longer add answers, and I can not post comments (<50 points). I basically can't do anything to dig me out of the hole unless asking stupid questions I already know the answer to?

How is this going to work out? I have studied Business Informatics and been coding since 1999 (started with HTML scripting). So I know some stuff and am able to help users on a wide variety of topics (Tcl, PHP, CSS, HTML, MSL, ABAP, Java, JavaScript, etc.). It would be nice if I could at least add comments.

Solution to my problem:

Three-step program to resolving ban issues

Just click your account on the top, go to answers and look at what you answered. Then edit whatever you can to provide a real answer. That made the trick for me, at least. GL&HF!

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    You could go onto meta to ask this. Good luck. -1 – Software Engineer Dec 22 '13 at 22:01
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    Have you tried taking the tour of the site yet? - stackoverflow.com/tour – shad0w_wa1k3r Dec 22 '13 at 22:13
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    If you deleted your poor answers, you should undelete and improve them. Deleted posts work against you for the purposes of the q- and a-bans. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Dec 22 '13 at 22:15
  • Your code has no context here. I'm not entirely sure why you posted it. As for your answer ban, read this post. – Makoto Dec 22 '13 at 22:16
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    Joachim, the linked duplicate answers your questions. Quickly: your best bet is to ask good questions. Enough of those, and the ban will probably be lifted. Also potentially helpful: suggesting edits to improve others' existing questions and answers. – Michael Petrotta Dec 22 '13 at 22:53
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    General hint for success in life: proclaiming your own magnificence is not a way to make friends. Really. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Dec 22 '13 at 23:04
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    @Joachim I can only see one questions in your profile. If you have a question then ask it (showing what you tried and making them clear) let us worry about if we can answer it – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 23:04
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    You have 3 deleted answers in the past: stackoverflow.com/questions/5967130/… stackoverflow.com/questions/7348980/… stackoverflow.com/questions/9805741/…. None of those were answers to the question. You have one old deleted question: stackoverflow.com/questions/17975702/… which wasn't a question – Flexo Dec 22 '13 at 23:10
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    Your most recent question wasn't a question either. – Flexo Dec 22 '13 at 23:11
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    @joachim reporting bugs/problems is off topic, best to report it to the authors of said libraries. Additional all discussions are also off topic. We want questions and answers, not discussions – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 23:13
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    If you are here to "discuss" then you are in the wrong place. Stack Overflow is different from the hordes of "forums" around the internet and if you keep ignoring that you will only encounter more frustration. On the other hand, if you care to learn how we do things here and participate within that culture you may find it to be very rewarding. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Dec 22 '13 at 23:18
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    You're frustrated, Joachim, and broadcasting that frustration with an incandescent intensity. Nothing productive is being achieved here. I really suggest stepping away for a little while. – Michael Petrotta Dec 22 '13 at 23:19
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    " Maybe the system needs a change or two? " This system has resulted in Stack Overflow growing to be the largest programming help site on the internet. I think we're pretty happy with it. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Dec 22 '13 at 23:20
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    I have asked and answered several of my own questions because I though it would help other people, but ok, I realise now I was just cheating – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 23:20
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    This question here on meta? It's marked as a duplicate which means it's unanswerable. – Flexo Dec 22 '13 at 23:56

How to use Stack Exchange

If you have something you've tried and got stuck with;

  • Ask a question

If you see a question you can answer;

  • Answer it.

Neither of these require reputation and are the primary activities on the site.

Moving forward from an answer ban

It sounds however like you've been answer banned (presumably by posting things that aren't answers as answers). You can lift this by improving your existing answers and getting upvotes or contributing positively in other ways.

All your existing answers appear to be deleted so if you think you can make real answers out of them you can flag and ask a moderator to undelete them. Or you can contribute positively by posting quality questions or making helpful edits.

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  • Yes, I used answer to comment on something because I could not give the answer without getting more information first. It seems to me that this was wrong, but how else do I get 50 points. It is not that easy to come up with the perfect answer to a post that is like "my script does not work."?! – Joachim Wetzel Dec 22 '13 at 22:32
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    @Joachim True, but generally someone else will ask in a comment. Or just move on, most questions can be answered without more information (or people demand the extra information pretty quickly). I remember it being a bit frustrating too, but it's considered necessary to break people from the forum mentality – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 22:36
  • Sure thing, I totally get why it is there and all but now I can not do ANYTHING. All my questions seem to be too far out of anyone’s business (FB Api call for example) and I can NOT answer, nor comment, nor do anything else. So this account is crashed? Make a new one or ask the staff? How do I even get hold of an Admin? Aren’t they supposed to read stuff likes this from time to time, anyway? Btw. thanks for your help! Really appreciate it, as I do like the site and its users. – Joachim Wetzel Dec 22 '13 at 22:41
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    @Joachim it is difficult, you can contact the stack exchange team with the contact us link, but I can't promise you'll get an answer you like. Do you think you could convert your comment answers to real answers? – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 22:47
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    Related; I proposed this to help warn people more with this; Warn a user on answering a question after they've had a question deleted as not an answer – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 22:49
  • I hope I can edit them, I am not really sure I am allowed to view the site anymore in 5 minutes. – Joachim Wetzel Dec 22 '13 at 23:21
  • I doubt suggested edits have any effect on ban or getting unbanned. No harm will come of course, but chances are small that it will help getting out of a post ban. +1 anyway for the good answer! – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 23 '13 at 0:15
  • @ShadowWizard I don't know about suggested edits (algorithm being secret and all that) but I did talk to one user who got unbanned purely from unrelated positive contribution (good questions and edits with an answer ban) whether it was just the questions or if the edits helped too I don't know – Richard Tingle Dec 23 '13 at 0:48
  • @shadowWizard here is the link to what I was talking about; meta.stackexchange.com/questions/212896/… – Richard Tingle Dec 23 '13 at 23:49
  • Nice, but I still believe it's only the upvotes on answers that got him out of the ban. :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 23 '13 at 23:54

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