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As announced by this recent question all links to a certain GoFundMe campaign will be removed from the site. To be precise; they will be removed from user profiles and posts whenever a staff member comes across them. What, if any, are the repercussions for users that post such a link? And what are the repercussions for users that repeatedly post such a link after having had the link removed? Can one expect a suspension for posting just once?

A canonical answer from a staff member would be lovely, but anecdotal evidence of users that have posted such links and had them removed is also welcome.

The reason I ask is that I've been censored and suspended before, without ever receiving a warning or any reason why. So for a change I thought I'd ask in advance in stead of spending another week wondering why I am no longer welcome here.

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    And if they don't notify you after editing your profile, can you plead ignorance for adding it back? "Oh, I though I had put a link here. Maybe I didn't. Ah well, I'll just make sure I include this link this time" – House- 'Reinstate Monica' -man Nov 15 at 3:09
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    the new welcome wagon; welcomed to the penalty's box.. – yagmoth555 - GoFoundMe Monica Nov 15 at 3:21
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    It says in the linked question what the repercussion is: the post will be edited to remove the link. – Raedwald Nov 15 at 7:06
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    I disagree that it is a duplicate - that post says nothing about what would happen if, for example, one repeatedly puts the link back in after staff members repeatedly edit them out. Will one be banned for this? Is it a violation of the CoC? – user12205 Nov 15 at 7:12
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    My guess is that if you do it only once or twice, they just delete it and that's it but if you really cannot stop posting these links, they could potentially go all the way and delete your account, all your contributions and forbid you to ever register here again with or without any kind of explanation. It's their premises and they have the authority here. The truth is probably somewhere in between. – Trilarion Nov 15 at 10:03
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    @Raedwald I have specified my question; I'm particularly interested in the risk of suspension, given that I've been censored and suspended without being warned or given a reason before. I'd like to understand what is acceptable behaviour, but 'testing the waters' is no longer a viable option. – Inactive - Objecting Extremism Nov 15 at 11:16
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    "that post says nothing about what would happen if, for example, one repeatedly puts the link back in after staff members repeatedly edit them out". It doesn't need to. Just like it doesn't need to describe the whole moderation process on SE sites. Are you seriously unsure what will happen if a user repeatedly refuses to abide by moderation decisions? – Raedwald Nov 15 at 11:22
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    @Raedwald I've reposted comments because I thought they got caught of a mass-purge (sometimes having gathered hundreds of upvotes, so apparently worth keeping). I've also reposted comments or restored my user profile, because I simply thought something had gone wrong updating them; I have only very limited and unreliable internet access. In both types of cases I've ended up being suspended. I have never received any message from a moderator, even after asking for clarification, so I am still unsure of the actual reasons, these are my best guesses. The same situation can occur with these links. – Inactive - Objecting Extremism Nov 15 at 11:30
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    @Raedwald As for repeatedly putting the link back in after staff members repeatedly edit them out; I agree that this is obviously crossing a line and asking for trouble. But what about continuing to post the link in new questions, answers and/or comments (where relevant, of course)? This does not seem unreasonable, but I'm not sure if it is acceptable. – Inactive - Objecting Extremism Nov 15 at 12:22
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    I imagine that, at minimum, you'd face the same consequences as you would for posting any other type of spam. – BSMP Nov 21 at 9:05
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    @BSMP It isn't really spam when it's under a question relating to the subject of the GoFundMe, is it? And there are quite a few such questions around. – Inactive - Objecting Extremism Nov 23 at 0:20

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