I received the following message from Stack Overflow when I try and ask a question:

You have reached your question limit.
Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more.

After reading around on numerous posts, I am still not sure if this is a permanent IP address ban, or if I have a chance at getting my privilege back.

I am new to programming and realize that I shouldn't have deleted some of the questions that I previously asked and that I need to be explicit in the questions that I post. I would love to get the privilege back and am willing to answer other questions to do so. I can't even comment yet as I must have a reputation of 50. I am willing to fix my questions and post answers in hopes of getting the question asking capability back, but I want to make sure this ban isn't permanent first.


  • What does your message say exactly? Can you post a screenshot, or a link to it if you can't post a screenshot? – wythagoras Jan 27 '16 at 17:53
  • I went to post a screenshot, and it looks like my account is now active again! I have been earning badges, answering other questions, and contributing to the community. I take it my ban was not permanent by any means, but I do think StackOverflow needs to distinguish between when the ban is permanent and when users still have the opportunity to earn back their privilege. – tccpg288 Jan 27 '16 at 18:00
  • @tccpg288 Before you ask your question, please wait before I post my answer. There are some important things you need to know. – wythagoras Jan 27 '16 at 18:03
  • Thanks, I will certainly wait as I would like to use this forum frequently. – tccpg288 Jan 27 '16 at 18:08

I found one question that was worth an upvote. Because you were probably very near the border of the question ban, this put you back outside of the question ban. This means that if your next question is not well-received, you might be question banned again, and that it will be much harder to get out of it.

Some things to consider for your next questions:

  • You have several times that you ask a question and answer it later that day. Self-answering is good, but it appears that you just ask a question too fast, without searching and researching good enough.
  • Do not delete any of your questions. Deleted questions still count for the ban and if there were any answers, they will even count harder against you.
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    FYI, Android Enthusiasts is not for programming questions, unless I missed something (e.g. deleted questions). They should stay on Stack Overflow. – Meta Andrew T. Jan 27 '16 at 18:12
  • @AndrewT. Other questions about Android might be on-topic on Android. Have you seen the OP's questions on Stack Overflow? – wythagoras Jan 27 '16 at 18:15
  • Yes, all 8 questions are Android programming questions, which is off-topic on Android Enthusiasts. – Meta Andrew T. Jan 27 '16 at 18:16
  • @AndrewT. Certainly they are not all eight, since one of the questions is about Facebook and nothing more than that. Also, how about this one: stackoverflow.com/questions/34756632/… – wythagoras Jan 27 '16 at 18:21
  • The one about Facebook is using Facebook SDK which is programming question. Android Studio is an IDE for Android app development which is also programming question. Android Enthusiasts is for Android end-user (consumer, not producer). – Meta Andrew T. Jan 27 '16 at 18:26
  • @AndrewT. I think I will trust you on that as you have 4.6k on Android. I removed that part. – wythagoras Jan 27 '16 at 18:29
  • So can I or should I not post android-related programming questions on the Android Enthusiasts page? – tccpg288 Jan 27 '16 at 18:45
  • @tccpg288: Do not ask programming questions at Android Enthusiasts. They will be closed. The help center is very clear on that. – ale Jan 27 '16 at 21:01
  • @AlE. Thanks for the heads up. Just trying to make sure my question gets answered, as it is quite technical. Any other references? – tccpg288 Jan 27 '16 at 21:39
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    So, self-answering does help one get out of a question ban? – Geremia Jan 28 '16 at 17:21
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    Also, how do we know how deeply we're questioned-banned? – Geremia Jan 28 '16 at 17:21
  • This sort of sucks. I am in the top 33% of posters for this quarter, but deleting old under-viewed questions and asking moderators to delete ones with just a few answers and no votes also won't fix this. This is very frustrating for those of use who use Stack Overflow regularly. – ggb667 Aug 18 '16 at 15:41
  • Please help me out, I am mostly answering not asking questions and generated many plus points regularly with rarely negatively marked questions still am getting ` You have reached your question limit Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more.` – SACn Mar 24 '17 at 3:48
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    Apparently this is not a good "rule". – diverger Apr 9 '18 at 4:41
  • Please also help me... I also have a question ban, but not for a day but since a whole month. How to remove that?? Here's my profile link: stackoverflow.com/users/11363434/abhay-salvi?tab=profile Any help would be appreciated... – Roxanne Jan 21 at 12:36

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