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Based on this:

The only way for the ban to be lifted is by contributing positively to the site in other ways.

Is editing other posts (and be accepted) considered as a positively contribution? I have this question because editing can only gain you reputations, not up votes. If you are banned from answering, you can ask good questions, whether you are a noob or not. However, if you are banned from questioning, and if you are a noob, it's hard to make a good answer.

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  • If you are banned from answering, you can ask good questions, whether you are a noob or not... this is not a true statement. Asking good questions is a skill that not everyone has. Jun 3 '14 at 11:21
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    @psubsee2003 - While true, I think that that's just splitting hairs as far as this discussion is concerned. The point is that if someone with little experience is answer banned they can still ask (potentially good) questions whereas it's a lot harder for someone with little experience to provide good answers if they are question banned.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 3 '14 at 11:23
  • I don't think you'll get a straight answer to this. What does and doesn't contribute to lifting the ban is kept vague intentionally.
    – yannis
    Jun 3 '14 at 11:26
  • Why do they keep it vague?
    – Ooker
    Jun 3 '14 at 11:30
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    @Ooker - so people don't game the system to get round the bans.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 3 '14 at 11:37
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    @ChrisF Isn't "gaming" the system entirely valid in this case? There is a goal and reward of being reinstated to full power than can be achieved by the correct and proper actions. It basically IS a game, and users are encouraged to try (it's an entirely positive scenario). Jun 4 '14 at 15:16
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    @SouthpawHare - I'm not talking about gamification (which is what the badges and rep are) here, but doing things like creating second accounts etc. to get round a ban or automatic block.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 4 '14 at 15:23
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Generally speaking any positive contribution can help. This includes suggesting edits.

However, based on observations and previous discussions on the question ban, it appears to be extremely unlikely that only editing will lift the ban, especially if you have several heavily downvoted posts. The fastest way to lift the ban is to fix your old content. Try editing your questions so that they are more clear and conform to the guidelines of the site you are banned on. Upvotes on those posts will do more to lift the ban than anything else.


I do have to take exception with a couple sentences at the end of your question

If you are banned from answering, you can ask good questions, whether you are a noob or not.

This is not a true statement. As you have found (assuming a question ban led to you asking this question), asking a good question is a difficult skill. Not everyone can ask a good question easily, so to assume that just because you know something means you would be skilled in asking about it is not a fair assumption

However, if you are banned from questioning, and if you are a noob, it's hard to make a good answer.

I think you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Answering questions is not always about knowing the answer when the question is asked. Yes it is true that many new questions can get several fast answers, so if you do not know the answer immediately, it is difficult to answer those questions, but the "Unanswered" tab of your favorite site has vast quantity of questions waiting for an answer. Look for a question in there, find one that interests you, and then try to find the answer.

You may find that the act of researching the answer will teach you more about programming than asking questions ever will, and you may also learn a lot about how do to research, which is critical to asking a good question.

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    I have three posts have two downvotes each. Are they considered as "heavily downvoted posts"?
    – Ooker
    Jun 5 '14 at 2:33

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