The system-recommended penalties for consecutive rule violations on Stack Exchange are:

  1. Written warning

  2. 7-day suspension

  3. 30-day suspension

  4. 365-day suspension

What comes after the 365-day suspension? Account deletion? Network-wide suspension? What?


That depends, on a lot of factors. You already noted that these are the recommended suspension lengths; ♦ moderators can deviate from them and issue shorter suspensions, or go for the maximum length the first or second time already:

Depending on the severity of the problem behavior — and at the complete discretion of the moderator — your account will be placed in timed suspension for anywhere from 1 to 365 days.

(source: A Day in the Penalty Box)

People can change a lot in a year, which is why longer suspensions are rare. (Almost) everybody deserves a second/third/fourth chance.

Generally speaking, people's main accounts are not deleted (but sockpuppets might be); it's easier to keep track of them that way. A network-wide suspension can only be issued by Community Managers and are reserved for the most egregious cases.


I'll add a bit about network wide suspensions as the other answer explains very well about per-site suspensions.

Network wide suspension is issued only when the person violates the rules in more than one site. One might be a total troll on one site and get suspended there for years, while being a perfect legit user on other sites.

Also, even when network wide suspension is issued, it's not a dead end for the user: moderator can lift the suspension of the user per-site. It's rare, but it happens.

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