So I've been chat banned twice AFAIK:

  • When I was quite new to chat, I once asked a mod to chat ban me for a few minutes for science to see what it was like to be banned from chat.
    (For anyone wanting to know: it looks like you're not logged in without the possibility to log in)
  • I posted the "Feyenoord Kid Finger" image as a response to someone from Rotterdam which got me another ban for a few minutes as the person I directed this message to told the mod it's a world-famous picture in The Netherlands and it's a cute, though a bit rude pic and extremely funny.
    (For anyone wanting to know: Google Image search it, it's one of the top-10 hits and it'll be quite obvious which one I'm talking about)

And the question is: How long will it take for these 2 bans to age away and die and my chat ban score to become 0 again???

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Chat suspensions never go away. (Source: I'm a moderator and I can see them.) However, two things might make you feel better:

  • Automatic bans from validated flags are standardized; they increase in length if clustered, but a chat ban from years ago doesn't affect how long the system kicks you out.

  • For manual bans, moderators see the history including the dates. I can't speak for every moderator, but I think most treat repeat offenses differently depending on whether the previous one was two hours ago or two years ago.

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    Is it possible to ask that an employee remove the "for science" ban from one's history? Sep 4, 2018 at 20:37
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    @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog - that's only happened once that I'm aware of; when Shog chat-banned Undo (as a mod) for... a year+, I think. That doesn't show in Undo's history. Otherwise, we depend on annotations to mark "science" suspensions.
    – Mithical
    Sep 4, 2018 at 20:39
  • @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog Given the subjective/manual nature of mod suspensions, I'm pretty sure a "for science" suspension has no negative effect if it's labeled properly.
    – Mysticial
    Sep 4, 2018 at 20:39
  • No, but the moderator who did it could annotate the account to explain what happened. (Manual unsuspensions automatically show up in the history, though, so science tends to stand out.) Sep 4, 2018 at 20:39
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    I have no problem with you showing my chat bans in your answe if that's not considered a trade secret by the powers that be ...
    – Fabby
    Sep 4, 2018 at 20:42

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