When I ask question, It says following:

Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more.

For help formulating a clear, useful question, see: How do I ask a good question?

Also, edit your previous questions to improve formatting and clarity.

Here is screen-shot: screen

So, What should I do? (How long to wait?)

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    Wait long enough to digest the message, then follow its advice. Read the links, and improve on past questions.
    – mhlester
    Jun 15, 2014 at 7:10
  • Getting the same thing here on Meta SE. with similar amount of downvotes. Jun 15, 2014 at 21:20
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    @mhlester Ok now how to improve this question!
    – Pandya
    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:31
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    Apparently, there is nothing you can do. It appears to be a case of "strike one and you're out!" I have just made (18 months later) the same mistake (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/251677/…), and after only 24 hours or so, I already have twice as many downvotes as you! We are in the same sinking ship and no-one will save us ;-)
    – Martin F
    Mar 21, 2015 at 17:38

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The message is there to be read, understood, its links followed, read and understood as well.

And then, we hope you follow the advice and start asking better questions - at this point, this is up to you. If you ask better questions, you will not get blocked. If you don't ask better questions... well, you did get a warning, right?

  • Just curious: are the links referring to stackoverflow.com/help/question-bans and stackoverflow.com/help/how-to-ask (and their site-specific equivalents)?
    – Arjan
    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:44
  • @Arjan I figure yes, they are. (The user seems more active on AU, which has questions quality bans enabled.)
    – Braiam
    Jun 15, 2014 at 15:04
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    I wonder if the OP is talking about Meta SE. I'm getting a question ban warning here too as well, and I my posts weren't that downvoted. (He even links to the SE ask page). Jun 15, 2014 at 21:19
  • @justcool393 The warnings are enabled on all sites, regardless of whether the ban is or not. I don't know if the ban is enabled on meta..
    – ɥʇǝS
    Jun 22, 2014 at 22:57
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    @Oded I want to delete my question!?
    – Pandya
    Jun 28, 2014 at 6:04
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    @andya - Why? It is a useful question to have on the site. Other people who encounter the message and are confused can now find it and get a response. Which is the goal of our sites - to have questions and answer that are useful for many people.
    – Oded
    Jun 28, 2014 at 6:56
  • @Oded -- If it is such a useful question -- and i, too, believe it is -- then why does it also (presumably other OP questions also have down-votes) get down-voted so much? All these down-votes are a terrible blow to one's self-esteem. That is, they are an insult and, in this case especially, hypocritical. It's like the Salem Witch trials all over again. Or, mixing metaphors, "Have you ever been guilty of asking, or thinking about asking, a bad question? Anything you say, or don't say, will used against you!"
    – Martin F
    Mar 20, 2015 at 17:31
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    @martinf - voting should be done against a post not a person. The message comes up after a pattern of bad posts. If someone can't separate voting on the quality of the post that's a shame - but people are not voting against a person here. Useful doesn't mean it it good - that's very much what the downvotes would signify.
    – Oded
    Mar 20, 2015 at 19:04
  • @Oded: Sorry, i don't understand the latter part of this: "Useful doesn't mean it it good - that's very much what the downvotes would signify." The question is getting down-votes because it is useful?
    – Martin F
    Mar 21, 2015 at 17:34
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    @MartinF - no. It gets downvoted because it is bad, off-topic, badly phrased, shows no research or one of many other reasons. A question being useful doesn't mean it can't also suffer from other issues that would make it a target for downvotes.
    – Oded
    Mar 22, 2015 at 11:06

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