I am a beginner to the programming world, and I opened a Stack Overflow account last year and asked about 10 questions.

Now I do agree that all those questions were not well-formed and had many formatting mistakes, etc. But I learnt from those mistakes. However, my account got banned. I was not able to ask any more questions. It asked me to fix my questions, which I did, but it was not enough. It's still inactive.

Hence I opened another account and started posting questions. This is that new account. I do believe that I posted good questions with well-framed sentences and good structure. However I keep getting downvotes for reasons unknown to me.

Since I am a beginner, there is no way I can contribute to Stack Overflow as of now. The only way for me to stay here is to ask questions and that's the only reason why I want to be here anyway (at least as of now). But I tried to ask a question just now and it started saying that I am on the verge of being banned (AGAIN!!!). So, how do I stop this from happening?

If this goes on, the only way for me to get input from this community would be to spam it by creating more and more accounts which would only be detrimental to the community.

The question is unique, as I have not yet received a ban yet. It shows me a warning to consider re-formatting my questions, etc. So this is in no way a duplicate of any other questions lying around here.

marked as duplicate by PolyGeo, Josh Caswell, Mat, gnat, Deer Hunter Mar 14 '16 at 6:56

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    +1 for not wanting to pollute the community. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 14 '16 at 5:51
  • People want to be specific I suppose. So fine. Let me tell you. This is not a duplicate of that question that you have posted. My account is "on the verge" of being banned. It's not completely banned yet. As of now, all I am getting is just a sort of warning I suppose. – theprogrammer Mar 14 '16 at 5:56
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    I think any advice that applies to getting out of a ban will be identical to the advice that applies to avoiding an imminent ban. – PolyGeo Mar 14 '16 at 6:05
  • I just realized I have 2 downvotes. I don't know who did it, but this is exactly what I am talking about. Just because someone does not agree with me, I end up being banned. The community is extremely opinion based and hence is more driven around power users who have more rep and controls over the site. @PolyGeo I think the word "identical" doesn't mean equal, hence a new question which is not a duplicate of the one you posted. Thanks – theprogrammer Mar 14 '16 at 6:14
  • Now if this is a duplicate, which I agree it is, what can I do? Should I delete this question? Deleting it would cause me more trouble I guess. I feel it's a stalemate for people like me who get warnings or bans such as this. There is not much we can do to lift the warning or a ban. – theprogrammer Mar 14 '16 at 6:42
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    Note: Meta's own question-ban algorithm is a) separate from SO's and b) considerably more lenient, precisely because downvotes are more common here. Don't worry too much about one question here. Just leave the question here; it might be of some value later as a signpost to its dupe. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 14 '16 at 6:57
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    When you say "There is not much we can do to lift the warning or a ban", realize that there is lots you can do, but to find what that is you need to READ EVERYTHING in meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997/…. – PolyGeo Mar 14 '16 at 7:22

Even though you are talking about an imminent ban, and if we ignore the existing ban on your "superseded" account, I think this will be voted a duplicate of What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?.

I hope you realize that your alternate "solution":

the only way for me to get input from this community would be to spam it by creating more and more accounts which would only be detrimental to the community

is actually the very worst thing that you can do. You may get out a question or two, but my understanding is that your extra account(s) will inevitably be detected, and your question ban will be imposed at a deeper level that may impact not just you but also those using the same IP addresses.

My advice is to READ AND RE-READ EVERYTHING in the duplicate.

  • Even after posting good questions, I keep getting downvotes. I believe it's done by people whose answers were not selected or upvoted or maybe they think question is not too challenging, which is absurd. So what other choice am I left with apart from creating new accounts and spamming the community like anything? – theprogrammer Mar 14 '16 at 5:39
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    @rohitkrishna094 If you're getting downvotes you're not writing good questions. That's your feedback, heed it. – Robert Longson Mar 14 '16 at 7:37

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