In SO help center I found a section Does the ban last forever? which says about question bans that: "If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new one 6 months after your last question. If that question is positively received, you may be able to continue asking questions; if not, then the ban will be reinstated."

However, randomly trying some SE sites, I did not find the same sentence in help center. (I tried Ask Different, Drupal, GIS, Mathematics, MathOverflow, Parenting, Skeptics, SuperUser, ServerFault, ...)

So are the rules for SO and other sites indeed different? Or is this information simply missing in the help center on other SE sites?

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    Just to confirm: none of the other help centers say that, as you can see by this Google search. – Laurel Feb 3 '17 at 17:33
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    D'oh! I should have tried that instead of checking help centers of random sites. :-) – Martin Feb 3 '17 at 17:34

It didn't matter until today, because this wasn't enabled on most sites. Not anymore: Comprehensive question quality blocks now enabled everywhere

I've updated the help page to reflect this.

  • Does the 6 month aspect of this feature apply to a website like Superuser which already question bans? – Ramhound Feb 16 '17 at 22:34
  • It applies everywhere, @Ramhound (and has since its inception, we just didn't bother updating the page anywhere else since we're lazy). Note that the ban does not lift after six months - you just get the chance to ask at most one more question, which may affect your eligibility for the ban if it's a good one. – Shog9 Feb 16 '17 at 23:43
  • I might have worded it wrong but I actually was wondering about that one question after 6 months, good to hear, it always applied – Ramhound Feb 16 '17 at 23:59

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