Firstly, I am a fairly new user here and I have received a few downvotes on my Stack Overflow questions.

However, I don't know what happened, but all my questions are gone. When I search my profile, I am unable to find my questions. I was able to somehow find my own question using Google, but it seems that it was asked by some user[id], which happens to be blocked. I am unable to click on that user. I am 100% sure that that user is me.

Also, I lost all my reputation points up until then (of course, it was only 70 or so points, nothing much to worry about here). So how do I get these questions back and reputation points if possible?

Here is the one question that I posted, but somehow it's poster is blocked: How can I use splay tree data structure in huffman coding for data compression?

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    No it is not your only question. You also asked this. It is beyond me why you chose to tell something which is not true, aka lying. It doesn't really matter on its own, but makes people doubt anything else you say. – Shadow Mar 16 '16 at 13:11
  • Yes I have asked other question as well. I never said that I asked a single question only. That's why I use the word "questions" as in plural "questions". Thanks. – theprogrammer Mar 16 '16 at 19:06
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    I believe that accusing the OP of lying is harsh.  The question says "questions" (plural) five times, and never says "only question".  I admit that the language is imprecise, but I interpret "I was able to somehow find my own question using Google" → "I was somehow able to find my one of my old questions using Google", and "Here is the one question that I posted" → "Here is the one question that I found". – Scott Mar 16 '16 at 20:52
  • Also can anyone enlighten me as to why I got down votes on this question? I can understand if the community was mad about me creating new accounts(only one) etc, but even then this question has nothing to do with that. The fact that I got down votes shows that this community is more opinionated and the power of thrashing beginners lies in the hands of these opinionated users. – theprogrammer Oct 28 '17 at 2:02

One of your accounts (note the plural here) was deleted because of your repeated attempts to evade the question ban on Stack Overflow by creating new accounts.

You admitted as much here, when you stated that you had created this account last year and had decided to evade a question ban by creating a new account. You even knew this was wrong:

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.

and you did it anyway. You shouldn't be surprised that we started deleting the accounts you were using to evade system-imposed restrictions, and we will continue to do so.

I should warn you, if this happens again we may block you entirely from using this site.

  • Well yes I did create another account(which is this), but I did it after many days, I din't do it to spam the community. I was in extreme need of expertise here. And I said that as a general statement, and as you can see, I did not create any new accounts, I am trying my hard to stay part of the community even though I am on the verge of being kicked out(AGAIN!). – theprogrammer Mar 16 '16 at 19:10
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    @rohitkrishna094 I mean, as a general ethic, you need doesn't supersede or justify infringement of the rights of others (which is what the rules you intentionally violated were put in place to protect). Even if you really needed money, you wouldn't go around defending your decision to mug someone, right? – Dan Bron Mar 16 '16 at 21:28
  • @DanBron Oh ok. Thanks for your reply. – theprogrammer Mar 16 '16 at 21:39

Your account was deleted.

That can have a lot of reasons. Just a few of them:

  • You requested account deletion (which I don't assume now since you would have remembered that);
  • Your account was deleted for malicious behavior, like spamming, sock puppetry, etc. If this is the case, you most likely would have received an email of the moderator handling that (so check your email address which you have used for Stack Overflow).

What you should do:

If you didn't receive any email message: Click the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page. Explain to the team your account was deleted. Link to the question at hand and if possible, proof it was your account. Ask them to restore your account. They usually respond within a week, but I know they can be very busy, so be a little patient.

  • As far as I know, there is no way to prove that that question is mine. I just checked the user IDs and they are different as well. But will mail them and see. Thanks. – theprogrammer Mar 16 '16 at 9:02
  • You could use the same email address as your previous account was created on for example, and give your original user name. – Patrick Hofman Mar 16 '16 at 9:03
  • Yes indeed. Thanks. – theprogrammer Mar 16 '16 at 9:05

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