Joining the https://drupal.stackexchange.com just about a month ago I have only been trying to be helpful answering questions, editing posts, using votes and flags, and gradually learning the rules of the community. And unintentionally maybe I broke some of them, because logging into today I was totally surprised by the notice:
This account is temporarily suspended for rule violations. The suspension period ends on May 4 at 7:45.
The only reference was to A Day in the Penalty Box, which does not explain the exact reason(s) why I was punished like that.
And I wonder how on earth we are expected to learn the right ways of doing things around here if we are not given the clear explanation of why we had been penalized in the first place?!
Is there a way to dispute this kind of punishment that could easily be subjective of whoever did this to my account? If not, is there a way to learn my mistake(s), so I don't repeat it/them in the future?
First of all, thank you everybody who is trying to help me out of this situation. I apologize for not being able to clearly communicate myself. English is not my first language. But I will try my best to elaborate on some comments below.
Contrary of some suggestions below, the account was created from a fresh, and there wasn't any conflicting or pre-existing account. I would avoid stepping onto number of mistakes if I was so experienced about using Stack Exchange and if I knew the rules.
There was no spamming attempt, and I have nothing to advertise. I have only tried so far to being useful and help users with their Drupal problems. Please someone from the mighty moderators review every single of my posts on https://drupal.stackexchange.com and you will see there was nothing bad, only spending my own time and efforts to help others.
I have an impression I am being punished for being successful in helping users to find right solutions to their problems. My account gathered more than 800 points in about a month period. I don't know if that's quick or not, but I made a goal to come to the website every single day and try to find a solution to at least one problem. And my efforts were sincere, there was no any single intention to act on bad goals.
I just did not know all the rules, still don't know, and I don't think it is really possible to read every single letter of TOS to obey them under penalty of such death as my account is going through now. I just knew that to have a good intentions and to help people was good enough and that I would intuitively learn all the rules by time passing.
I do request moderators to read every single post I had and indicate what exactly I did wrong.
Really sad picture...
By the way, here is the screenshot of my https://meta.stackexchange.com/topbar/inbox page:
As you can see there was no any notice about penalty. Nor I received any e-mail notification with regard why my account was penalized.
Also it is worrying that some suggest below that everything is gone. I do hope that my account is just under a temporary penalty and that I will get all the points gathered by putting so much effort will be intact. Please confirm this or I am just walking away as there is really no joy of becoming a member of such unfair environment.
EDIT #2: I see all my posts listed on https://stackexchange.com/users/13116337/altagrade?tab=inbox intact, however clicking on them I see they all attributed to user83854. If anyone who is power will want to maintain a justice and bring my account back, then I will continue to be a member. Otherwise, I just do not see any meaning to put efforts to help others just to get punished like this for no reason given.
EDIT #3: Farewell my friends!
You got an email about this, but it could be on an email account you never use anymore, or it ended up in your spam folder. You also got an inbox notification.
@Glorfindelm thanks for summarizing what might've happened to my account below, however believe me: I checked everywhere and could not find any such notification. The account was deleted silently, you can be absolutely sure about this!
Later on you decided to recreate it (hence it only has one badge and no associated posts).
I never did try to re-create my account. I just visited the website just to find everything was gone.
Yes, this is the reason why the account was deleted (plus some voting irregularities). The ban seems automatic, thought, done when the user re-joined the site. – kiamlaluno 14 hours ago
@kiamlaluno, thank you very much for confirming the reason of deletion. I don't doubt your integrity, you seem to be a good guy, but please be little bit more considerate in the future, try to differ innocent ignorance from intentional evil before hurrying to use your mighty moderator axe at once.
Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat.
It is totally my fault to add that unfortunate description and I do accept the consequence.
Poena non adaequat.
However, despite the unfortunate description of the profile, I was in fact the sole person using the account. And I believe ignorant users like myself (who did not read every letter of TOS and so were not aware of certain rules) should be given a warning, a chance to do right thing. Silently deleting their accounts and giving them no explanation does not serve the purpose of making the whole system better.
On the contrary it pushes them away. I will never again spend my time posting helpful answers on https://drupal.stackexchange.com unless my account is re-instated in full, which apparently won't happen here.
And just in case if someone in power around here will want to fully investigate this case, here are some additional details:
- Soon it will be gone, but if you google AltaGrade now, then among other results you will see this one too:
As you see even-though impact is small, my account still got into top 0.92% this year, it had many accepted answers and within a month gained around 800 reputation points. Because I was really trying to help users, giving them hints in comments and offering substantive answers to their problems.
- Cache for my profile is available at https://bit.ly/2qQAscQ for now, but here is the screenshot just in case:
I just wish moderators of https://meta.stackexchange.com were little bit more verbose giving me a slight chance to make it right before silently deleting my account. I do really feel it was unfair decision. And I do hope the referenced rule was not just an excuse to get rid of another successful account that potentially one day could catch up and compete with their own reputations and rankings.
Culpa ubi non est, nec poena esse debet.
Systems without fair court where accused ones have a chance to appeal are doomed to all the flows of totalitarian regimes. I do like and do believe Stackexchange.com communities are really useful resources, however I do not think empowering its moderators with roles of judges and executioners at the same time serves the best interests of the general public and the system itself. So either you, those who have power around here, will start changing things or keep pushing away users with good intentions like myself away.
Farewell my friends!
EDIT 4 of April 22, 2018.
I am still hanging around here, because:
Drupal Answers moderators have not yet presented the full details of why they deleted my account and what was the biggest crime I did.
Since yesterday I've learned there are actual team accounts like, for example, this one https://stackoverflow.com/users/380926/devexpress-team, which were never deleted. Unlike that account mine was in fact an individual account with just an unfortunate description. So could decision to delete an account be based just on a description without communicating with user, giving them a slight chance to survive?
Only yesterday I've learned my brother wanted to support my account and upvoted my posts several times. He swears it was only about 4 or 5 times and he did because my answers were right ones. And I am thinking could his actions also contribute to this mess? But then why moderators decided to punish not his, but my account? How on earth someone upvoted by another user can be responsible for actions of the others?
Per suggestions below I've sent a request to investigate this via Contact Us and really need to hear conclusive verdict before taking off forever. However I still have a hope the justice will prevail and my account will be re-instated or somehow re-built. I do believe it is technically possible, because as far as I can tell all the posts are there.
And to make it easy if someone will want to read through my posts here are some links. Tell me I was not being helpful to users and I was a bad user who should be kept away.
- White screen after deleting a module (Drupal 8)
- Migrate users from a table with non-unique email column
- Remove "<em> edit Article </em>" and [current-page:pager]
- How to permit users to add more items to a multivalue field conditionally?
- Configuring drupal in a virtual directory
- Error when running database update: "DatabaseSchemaObjectExistsException: Cannot add field redirect.status: field already exists."
- How to get a 'result summary' of the rows effectively showed?
- Exposed filters and taxonomy. How to make a redirect to a term page when exposed form submit?
- Temporarily disable all modules for troubleshooting
- How do I add updated timestamp to a file url to ensure people download the latest version?
- How to create a rule to email all users with a profile field X with same value as the current-user?
- Why isn't my global custom text field to download PDF not working?
- How to set value programmatically for mobile number module's field using entity wrappers?
- Edit view link redirected to preview link automatically
Strange enough that while trying to collect all my posts I could not find some of them. I do clearly remember posting and having more accepted answers, because I do keep all the code I worked to help other users locally. So probably some answers also got deleted.
For example, I coded a small module and posted it as an answer to this question How to grant referenced user access to Profile page and it is not there anymore.
So why that answer was deleted is another mystery for me. I start having a feeling that someone just didn't like my activity and was looking for excuse to get rid of my account.
EDIT #5 on April 23, 2018:
@kiamlaluno has added today:
We don't discuss in public such details, but the votes you got from the other account were enough to be automatically reversed from the system. Trust me or not, it doesn't happen for 5 up-votes. Also, I didn't say which moderator deleted the account. I would be glad if you would stop writing my name. Thank you. – kiamlaluno 56 mins ago
Here is my immediate reaction to his response:
@kiamlaluno, thanks for the update, but do you really want to say that if someone wants to kill another account then all it takes for him to upvote the victim for 5 times?! It simply does not make sense. Punish voting account, but why punish the victim account whom someone else is disservicing?! – AltaGrade just now edit
I really do not mind the details of this case discussed publicly! I don't have anything to hide. The secrecy you are building on this could imply I indeed did something nasty. And I am absolutely sure I did not and that the deletion of my account was something totally wrong. Common, guys, spill it out! Why to hide the details if I did something really wrong - prove to public that you were righteous!
Just think everybody: if someone decided to support a new account and did several upvotes, then however his intentions were right or wrong such person's account must be scrutinized, not the targeted account as it is a victim here. Getting undesired upvotes and getting deleted without any notice whatsoever.
Investigating my case will prove upvotes made tiny part of my reputation points collected by trying really hard for the whole month helping people with their problems and offering accepted solutions! But the big question to me is will anyone bother to really investigate this?! Do I stand any chance to get the justice here or I am waiting in vain?! Will SE mods do something about this kind of arbitrariness of moderators?!
EDIT 6: Apr 24, 2018
Every day things keep changing and I am getting more and more convinced no justice will be served here.
- According to @kiamlaluno's confirmation my account was initially deleted for it had unfortunate description that it was a team account. However, after two days of asking questions and learning the true facts piece by piece, the accents has now shifted to something else:
@user202729 From my side, I will never publicly say this user was a sock-puppet of that user, this user was involved in a ring-vote, or this user and that user were really the same person. – kiamlaluno 10 hours ago
At this point I feel indeed helpless as the moderator's words and accusations weigh more than whatever I say. And apparently nobody will want to understand they are based on pure guestimations.
I am indeed a new SE user and that's exactly why I didn't know some easy rule like you could not have a team account. All I was doing is helping users with their questions. I did not ring-vote! If someone else did something wrong then why I should be kept accountable?!
If decisions on SE portals are based on moderator's personal conclusions, then the question WHY I WAS NOT PROPERLY NOTIFIED remains?! How on earth I was supposed to know why my account was deleted? Why it takes so much efforts to learn true reasons behind moderators actions?! Don't you see if users learn their accounts got deleted because some moderator decided so, then maybe they would never go to seek truth?! Not knowing for why you got deleted is the real problem here!
- Another sudden change:
@user202729 I am just saying what I saw. The account used for this question joined Drupal Answers 3 days ago, which means it's not the original account the OP is talking about. The new account has not been suspended by any site moderator. – kiamlaluno 10 hours ago
That's simply not true. Up until today I the following notice was there:
This account is temporarily suspended for rule violations. The suspension period ends on May 4 at 7:45.
However, today it is not. So someone decided to unsuspend my account. But that belated pity is not useful at all as there is no slight wish to continue to be around here let alone to use it. I am not seeking for half-baked belated actions. I'd like to hear SE mods conclusive decision and then be off.
At this point I just wonder will they go easy way staying by an obvious mistake done in this case and so get rid of me or will they indeed investigate my case to at least admit things should've done bit differently here and try to keep me around?
God knows I would like to continue to be helping Drupal users in solving their problems, but decency requires not to eat this kind of mis-treatment to my account.