On Stack Overflow, I noticed that if I get 3 or more downvotes for my question, I am blocked from asking questions for 4 days.

Is that same applicable for answering questions?

If I get lots of downvotes for my answers, does that means I will get blocked from answering questions?

  • Yes, you will get blocked. (There's probably a duplicate question asking this, but I can't find it right now.)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:42
  • Oh!!!@Glorfindel And I too cant find it so only asked the question.
    – Srini
    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:44

1 Answer 1


Question Bans and Answer Bans are independent, even if they share an FAQ. In fact, one way to get out of a question ban is to post quality answers. (You can improve your questions to get them voted back up of course)

That said, it's worth trying to understand where you're going wrong with your posts rather than worry about whether you're getting question or answer banned.

I'd also advise you read the relevant help pages linked by the FAQ, since they talk about what sort of things to avoid. You've found meta - so it's worth taking the next step, and using the help provided to actually make your posts better.

  • Is ban applicable to voting too?
    – Srini
    Jun 6, 2017 at 12:12
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    Not in that sense, no. But there's a different set of factors in play - you need a 15 reputation minimum to be able to vote after all Jun 6, 2017 at 12:15
  • Thanks you for your time @JourneymanGeek.
    – Srini
    Jun 6, 2017 at 12:18
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    the best/preferred way to get out of a question ban is to post quality answers No, the best way to get out of a question ban is to improve your questions. It is also by far the most effective way. Feedback on answers is considered in a question ban (and vice versa) but only very slightly.
    – Servy
    Jun 6, 2017 at 13:32
  • Oh, I think you're probably right there. Adjusted my answer to fit Jun 6, 2017 at 13:52

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