This user has been active on Lifehacks recently, even though he's currently suspended network-wide until June 14th (one month suspension started on May 15th).

The user is suspended network-wide on every other site he is on, except Lifehacks. How could this be?

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    I happened to click on that user's profile before and am pretty sure that all communities were at a score of 1 at that point. Maybe a LH moderator locally reversed the suspension? – Martin Smith May 30 '15 at 14:11
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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Here's a guess: He was suspended on LH before he was suspended network wide, and his LH suspension just expired... – yannis May 30 '15 at 14:14
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    How come their "Communites" section on the left (on Lifehacks) only lists the one Lifehacks account, and not all the other ones ? perhaps it's a separate account, just with the same name ? – JonasCz - Reinstate Monica May 30 '15 at 14:19
  • @JonasCz If you go to the network profile of both, you'll always see the LH account, and then a bunch of suspended accounts. – ProgramFOX May 30 '15 at 14:21
  • @JonasCz: perhaps they hid all their accounts? – Martijn Pieters May 30 '15 at 14:22
  • @ProgramFOX but compare with the communities list here stackoverflow.com/users/2963652/nicael?tab=profile – Martin Smith May 30 '15 at 14:22
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    Suspended and still breaking things...typical. – Taryn May 30 '15 at 14:23
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    Maybe they found another 'bug'...letting them in... – user289879 May 30 '15 at 14:23
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    @jonas You can Heide communities Form your profile, which the user did with Lifehacks. This hides the connections between the accounts, though it is trivially circumvented by looking at the network profile. – Mad Scientist May 30 '15 at 14:23
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    @MartinSmith Yes, I've seen both lists, but I wanted to point out that they cannot be separate accounts because the network profile is the same, if you go there. – ProgramFOX May 30 '15 at 14:23
  • Right, I didn't know about the "hide" functionality. – Martin Smith May 30 '15 at 14:24
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    Why does he just not serve out his suspension without breaking things? – user289879 May 30 '15 at 14:34
  • @MadScientist, That might explain it. – JonasCz - Reinstate Monica May 30 '15 at 14:44

He was unsuspended manually by a moderator on Lifehacks.

This is... probably intentional? The fact that something like this is possible in the first place may or may not be harmful, depending on the user and the site in question.

We may revisit network suspensions to lock them down further, but honestly, I'm not too worried about it. It's rare for a "real" user to get suspended network-wide, and if a particular community still feels they're welcome there... fine.

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    Martin was right! :) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ May 30 '15 at 15:49
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    ^^Ha! Just in time to invalidate your grace period :P – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ May 30 '15 at 15:49
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ brb, destroying the original revision to cover up traces... ;) – Adam Lear May 30 '15 at 15:50
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    The sad thing is that I was bashed for trying to help the suspended user report bugs while he was suspended. People accused me of helping someone bypass suspension and demanded I will be suspended for this. Really sad. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance May 30 '15 at 15:55
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    @ShadowWizard I'm not sure how that's relevant? This isn't a bug. What you were doing was different, if I recall. If he wants to report suspension bugs, he's welcome to do so after the suspension runs out. We don't need bug reporting proxies, especially for low priority, minor issues. They can wait. – Adam Lear May 30 '15 at 15:58
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    Relevant because removing his suspension is kind of helping him bypass the network wide suspension put by Stack Exchange staff, and I don't see anyone bashing the one who did it or undoing his/her action. I'm not asking to do either, just saying it's sad that I was accused of "helping bypass suspension" for something with far less impact. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance May 30 '15 at 16:03
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    @ShadowWizard Yeah, this is dicey. Like I said, we'll think about whether these should be locked down further. In my memory, this is the first time someone got unsuspended on a particular site like this. I don't know the reasons behind it. – Adam Lear May 30 '15 at 16:07
  • Fair enough. As for the reason, my guess is a moderator who wasn't aware of the "ordeal" and didn't know why he got suspended in the first place. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance May 30 '15 at 16:12
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    @ShadowWizard I plan to find out next week. Regardless of the users involved or the original suspension reason, I'd expect a moderator to have a pretty solid explanation for lifting a network-wide suspension. It's the kind of thing that you're supposed to stop and carefully think about. – Adam Lear May 30 '15 at 16:15
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    @Anna thanks, and in case you missed it - no need to investigate any further. (well, for the reason at least - what you do with the moderator is private between you and him) – Shadow Keeps Social Distance May 30 '15 at 20:29
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    @Roombatron5000 This is honestly a non-issue. Was mooseman social-engineered by nicael? I don't even know what that means. I assume it means "convinced"... to which I'd still say "meh". :) – Adam Lear May 31 '15 at 2:58
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    Aren't there any guidelines for mods for issuing or removing suspensions? If not, please do make them. Mods testing/ playing around with suspensions is not funny. – Infinite Recursion May 31 '15 at 10:35
  • @InfiniteRecursion There are guidelines. And there are judgement calls to make in specific scenarios. Whether or not you believe Mooseman's explanation, there's nothing to "drop everything and fix ASAP" here as such. – Adam Lear Jun 1 '15 at 15:24
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    @peterh Moderators are free to make the decision to unsuspend a user on their site. – Adam Lear Feb 5 '19 at 16:33
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    @peterh See Shog's answer here. – Adam Lear Feb 5 '19 at 16:55

I unsuspended the user

This was a test to see if it was possible to unsuspend a network-wide suspended user on a single site. I'm glad to find out this is by design rather than otherwise.

Due to the nature of their original suspension -- which is not mine to discuss -- I have resuspended them on Lifehacks to end at the same time (approx) as their network-wide suspension.

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    Why didn't you resuspend the account after the test, instead of waiting until now? – random May 30 '15 at 20:03
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    Sorry about that. This was my mistake and it will not happen again. – Mooseman May 30 '15 at 22:21
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    Hey @Mooseman, thanks for dropping by with an answer. I appreciate it. – Adam Lear May 31 '15 at 2:55
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    @random Testing was the sole reason I did this. This user was the only network-wide suspended user that had an account on Lifehacks. My mistake was not immediately resuspending them. – Mooseman May 31 '15 at 18:57

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