I recently got the notification on English Language & Usage that I am facing the danger of being banned from asking more questions:

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This hit me completely by surprise and so I checked my profile and my past questions.

Is the rating of the previous two (!) questions really so heavily weighted that I am in danger of being banned?

Am I missing something??

btw.: This notification only appears on the English Language & Usage site and on none of my other SE sites where I am active.

As the warning system is network-wide, rather than specific to a particular site, the question is here rather than on ELU meta.


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We can't see older deleted posts (IIRC, a link to deleted posts only appears if there are recent deletions), so maybe there are some.

And from what we can see of your questions, one's closed, another's a duplicate, and a third should probably have been closed as a duplicate, as identified in one of the comments on it.

So the warning is true: some of your previous questions have not been well-received.

The system looks to me to be behaving as it should. The system does remove the question-asking privilege for people who ignore the warning, and repeatedly produce low-quality questions. And the system does now give you enough early warning to change your behaviour before further questions result in that privilege being removed. That's what's happening now - it's an early warning, giving you enough time to react. It's up to you what you do about it.

  • I see ... I was just wondering why just two bad-quality questions give me such a warning; especially when I look what some people at StackExchange use to post. But it seems that you are right .. thank you for replying. Oct 26, 2014 at 11:02
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    @marcwellman I think the design intent is that this is an early warning system: it kicks in early enough when there's still plenty of opportunity for you to do something about it.
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    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:18

You received the warning automatically because of your 2 most-recent questions. Both questions were closed, and one of them was downvoted to -2. It looks like that is enough to give you a reminder to post good, on-topic questions.

It is just a warning, and you can ignore it if you feel your questions on the whole meet the quality standards.

In other words, see it as someone shouting Oi, if you keep heading in that direction you'll fall of the cliff into the shark-infested waters! Be careful! rather than imminent banning.

  • yes it seems you are right, all of you are. However, it's a hard warning for just two-bad quality questions... Thank you. Oct 26, 2014 at 11:05
  • @marc are you 100% sure you do not have deleted questions in your history? Might even be over year ago, maybe when you was still very new? Oct 26, 2014 at 15:14
  • when I click on the link "deleted questions" it tells me "There are no deleted questions". Oct 26, 2014 at 15:44
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    @marcwellman that view is limited to posts deleted in the past 60 days though. Oct 26, 2014 at 15:45

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