I have spent hours reading, formulating practice questions, using grammar check, and studying research papers.

I have taken a break from Stack Exchange for probably 4 days, hoping that this will refresh the quality in my questions. But, this strategy has failed.

I'm baffled right now, because I took into consideration of what other users have mentioned. And, it indeed improved my question quality.


What other strategies should be used as this strategy no longer works?

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    I'm being question blocked and questions closed, even after hours of formulating. I must not be a very smart guy. May 2, 2019 at 19:43
  • The Dunning Kruger effect would mean that the prior statement is true. May 2, 2019 at 19:43
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    @fbueckert Now, what to do when you are doing your best and it doesn't work? May 2, 2019 at 19:44
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    If you've spent hours as you said, did you put any of that effort into your question?
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 19:44
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    This one yes, cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/43817/… May 2, 2019 at 19:46
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    @fbueckert I formulate on paper. Then ask May 2, 2019 at 19:46
  • Well...we have set standards here. Those must be met. Most people can meet them, it just requires more effort. Whether to put in that effort or not is a personal choice. Those that choose not to, eventually hit a question ban. It doesn't happen overnight, either; you have to have a history of low quality contributions to hit it.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 19:46
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    I don't know enough about how cstheory works to say if that's acceptable or not. A quick read makes it look like it's okay, but you only have one downvote, so...I don't know if this is good or not. And if you are question banned, guaranteed, you have deleted questions that weren't so good.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 19:48
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    The amount of time spent building/curating/working on a question isn't a metric we use to determine whether or not the question is on topic/useful.
    – Kevin B
    May 2, 2019 at 19:49
  • @fbueckert If this much time is spent, then I need to look into what caused the downvote. Maybe, its the assertion of statements? May 2, 2019 at 19:49
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    It's a single downvote. Let it go. The bigger issue is the history of low quality deleted questions you have that put you in the ban in the first place.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 19:50
  • @fbueckert Well, I just undelete the bad questions and reformulate them into good ones. Then share them if I have too. May 2, 2019 at 19:52
  • Don't edit your questions to turn them into different questions; that generally ends badly, especially if they already have answers. Old questions are not meant to be used as a workaround for the question ban. Edit them to make them better. If they're unsalvagable...well, there isn't going to be much you can do but wait six months.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 19:54
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    Additonally, reading this answer you got would likely help you a lot.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 20:14
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    Another problem is that your question looks just like a homework dump. The title sounds just like an assignment, and the contents of the question (except the bottom) sounds just like you're copying it from the assignment. It indicates to regular users that you're just asking others to do your work for you. A better question would have been titled with your actual problem--I can't formulate a counterexample that shows shift(L) does not overlap NP and P.--then continued with a short description of what you are trying, and what you have done, followed then by all the details needed by answerers
    – user1228
    May 2, 2019 at 20:15

1 Answer 1


TL;DR: start by posting on the right site. Read the tour (/tour) and the help center article "What topics can I ask about here?" (/help/on-topic) before asking a question.

You've posted a question about Computer Science on Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange. Sounds good, right? Well, not exactly.

Theoretical Computer Science - Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields.

There's a separate site for 'regular' Computer Science questions: Computer Science Stack Exchange. They do appreciate well-researched questions but they don't need to be research level.

The same difference applies to MathOverflow (research level) and Mathematics Stack Exchange.

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    When in doubt, read the tour of the site you're posting on. It dispells a lot of confusion like this. May 2, 2019 at 20:01
  • The user is question banned on CS.SE, so, next site, cstheory.
    – fbueckert
    May 2, 2019 at 20:45
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    @fbueckert - Doesn’t make his CS.SE question within scope at CSTheory.SE, but you know that, so your comment is confusing
    – Ramhound
    May 2, 2019 at 22:51
  • @Ramhound Yeah, that wasn't what I meant, but that was my fault; I didn't explain myself at all. It was more an observation that users have a habit of moving to the next, "best" site to ask a question when prevented from asking on the site they want. It doesn't excuse it, and it doesn't help them, and it's an indicator that the ban was justified.
    – fbueckert
    May 3, 2019 at 13:55
  • @fbueckert Yep, its a good thing. The content is still there and I'll make sure its isn't permanent. As long as questions are in a formal language and practical, then there will be a reduction in downvotes. May 3, 2019 at 14:59
  • @TravisWells Just follow the directions in the dupe about question bans, and you'll do fine. Most of it boils down to showing effort, so do that, and it'll be fine, eventually. Bans are hard by design to get out of, so you really have to work at it.
    – fbueckert
    May 3, 2019 at 15:01
  • @fbueckert Well, a month of re-editing my questions to make salvage of what can be saved and sharing them on social media is the best that can be done within the rules. Till, then its reddit. May 3, 2019 at 15:02

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