It seems that I'm close to being banned from asking, I see the following message when trying to make a question:

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.

I made a some research on Meta and found other users with the same issue. I would to make a question and a suggestion.

The question is: How can I know which question(s) triggered the alert?

I can't find my banned/deleted/flagged questions anywhere and clicking "deleted recent questions" on my profile shows no questions.

I think that if someone gets this message he/she should be able to know exactly what question triggered the ban mechanism... That's the suggestion, as a feature-request. There are several reasons why a question may trigger the mechanism.

From the article (https://serverfault.com/help/how-to-ask). Maybe I'm off-topic often? Or maybe my formatting/grammar/spelling is poor? How can someone answer themselves these questions know without seeing the "offending" question?

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I suspect that the unfortunate outcome of informing a user exactly what question(s) triggered the ban will be that they may be tempted to perform minimalist edits on just that or those question(s) instead of participating in a broader learning experience.

Question bans can be imposed quite quickly, but are not imposed lightly, and indicate that there have been multiple questions which have not been well received.

I suspect that there will have been such an issue in most, if not all questions asked by a user thus banned, so I think it better to have the person with an asking ban review all, or at least many, of their closed and downvoted questions after (re-)familiarizing themselves with the site's help/how-to-ask page to see what they can do to improve their asking style.

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    Or, in other words, something like this: "Which post triggered the ban?" "All of them!" Sep 21, 2015 at 4:21
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    @PolyGeo Nailed it. It's hard to be motivating and not be a carrot on a stick at the same time. Go fix this and this and this is not nearly as powerful as Here's how to do it so you never have to go fix stuff.. This is hard, actually.
    – Tim Post
    Sep 21, 2015 at 10:32
  • I agree that seeing some sort of less vague criteria, or an outline of the thresholds would be useful. Apr 27, 2018 at 6:36

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