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Today I noticed this user is suspended network-wide according to the text on the profile page:

network-wide

No other SE sites are visible in this profile page, only MSE.

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Just out of curiosity I went to the Wayback Machine and found the user's old profile. That snapshot of the profile page already contains two sites in the community list (MSE and SO), hence visiting the current version of SO profile I expected to see the profile page of suspended network-wide user. But the user is not suspended. How is this possible?

marked as duplicate by iBug, Rand al'Thor, Pikachu the Parenthesis Wizard, αλεχολυτ, Community Feb 4 at 15:56

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  • For science he found a bug .... – rene Feb 4 at 15:38
  • Although this post is a duplicate here, you could try asking this on Meta.SO about the specific reasons for this user, as @Glorfindel suggested. – MEE was the missing bracket Feb 4 at 16:10
  • @MEEisJohannGambolputty... I've just asked globally here for the reason of such actions. – αλεχολυτ Feb 4 at 16:11
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How this is possible is quite simple; a network-wide suspension is simply copied to all sites, not unlike a user can copy the contents of their profile page to all sites. It's then possible to modify this on a site-by-site basis; that happens here as well. A ♦ moderator or Community Manager unsuspended the user on Stack Overflow.

Why this was done is a private matter between the moderators/CMs and the user.

  • Why not hammer it? – iBug Feb 4 at 15:43
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    Didn't realize it was a duplicate; and a CM might or might not want to address the case of this specific user. – Glorfindel Feb 4 at 15:50

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