On Meta Stack Overflow, a user reported that they had been Question Banned on Stack Overflow as a result of apparently abusive voting activity. A moderator replied with the following comment:
I am contacting the team to get your ban lifted. The person who keeps downvoting you has been warned. Raise a mod flag if you receive more downvotes like this. – Yvette Colomb♦ Jun 15 at 1:43
Believing the standard guidance that Post Bans were fully automated, I replied to the moderator, who responded:
@RobertColumbia I referred it to the community team. I'm not even sure if they can lift it. – Yvette Colomb♦ Jun 15 at 13:54
The moderator in this case seemed to be clear that they could not lift the ban themselves, but unsure if that would be within the powers of the Community Team. Can a member of the Community Team specifically and intentionally lift a specific user's post ban? I am aware that a ban could possibly be lifted indirectly by reversing abusive downvotes (but such would depend on the inner workings of the post ban formula that is kept a secret), but the conversation above led me to believe that the moderator was implying that there might be a special process that Community Team members can do to "flip" the Post Ban off for a user. Does such a functionality exist? If so, when would it be used?
- Is it used only in the most extreme cases?
- Is it generally done upon request by local site moderators (e.g. "Hi Community Team, our user @John123 got question banned, but we don't want him to be. Please unban him kthx unicorn hugs.")?
- Does the Community Team seriously consider pleas from individual users who contact them directly using the Contact link at the bottom of the page?
To be clear, I'm not question banned anywhere. I'm asking in the general case - is this something that the Community Team is able and/or willing to do when it makes sense to do so?