When I came to post (about an unrelated SSL cert bug that turns out to be a duplicate), I saw a warning about a potential question ban on meta.SE.

I seem to have three questions on meta.SE, all with positive scores.

Why is this, and do I need to worry?

I am banned from asking questions on programmers.SE.

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    Now it seems that you do (not because of me). Have you checked "deleted recent questions" in your profile, Questions tab? This list only goes 60 days back, though. – user259867 Jul 21 '14 at 4:54
  • @Thisismuchhealthier I checked and it is empty – Demi Jul 21 '14 at 5:27
  • Seems I'm okay now -- this question has a positive score! – Demi Jul 21 '14 at 5:38
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    Because I upvoted. =) – user259867 Jul 21 '14 at 5:38
  • Good chance you have asked questions in the past, over 60 days ago, and they were heavily downvoted and deleted. Only a moderator can find them now to confirm this. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 21 '14 at 7:38
  • @ShadowWizard I think pacoverflow got it – Demi Jul 21 '14 at 7:40
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    @Demetri I doubt it, but only a team member can confirm. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 21 '14 at 7:43
  • I know I didn't ask any questions on Meta.SE that were downvoted and deleted. – pacoverflow Jul 21 '14 at 7:52
  • @pacoverflow but did you ask question on Meta.SO before April (when MSE and MSO were split)? You old MSO history is part of MSE, not MSO. – psubsee2003 Jul 21 '14 at 8:53
  • @pacoverflow it's very easy to forget bad things. Part of human nature... – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 21 '14 at 11:37
  • No I didn't ask any questions on Meta.SO. They do discourage duplicate questions, so it makes sense for them to include duplicates as part of the formula for determining a questions ban. – pacoverflow Jul 21 '14 at 15:01
  • @ShadowWizard I meant that pacoverflow answered my question. – Demi Jul 29 '14 at 23:33

It's because prior to this question, you had asked 3 questions on Meta.SE, and 2 of them were marked "duplicate". I encountered the same situation last week - I had asked 3 questions on Meta.SE and 2 of them were marked "duplicate", and when I went to ask a fourth question, the system gave me the warning about a potential question ban. It's not just downvoted questions that can trigger a question ban, multiple duplicate questions can trigger a ban as well.

  • However 2 dups out of 3 questions is not the same degree of offence as say 8 dups out of 12 questions. And warnings could be a lot more specific. E.g. you should get a notification that you have too many duplicate questions -- pay more attention to the alternates. – Sherwood Botsford Apr 27 '18 at 6:29

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