On My account has been temporarily suspended; what does that mean?,

If the account holder creates a new account to bypass the suspension, that new account will also receive the same suspension period as the previous one, even if the old account was deleted.

Additionally, on https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/delete/current, it says (for suspended users only):

While you are suspended from the site, we recommend that you take a break from the site and come back with a clear mind. We will not prevent you from deleting your profile if you still wish to do so, but do know that creating a new profile will automatically reinstate the remaining time of the previous suspension.

So, does the suspension period pause when the account is deleted and then reinstated when the new profile is created, even if the new profile is created after the 7/30/365-day period?

Let's say, one user received a 365-day suspension on August 16, 2019. He/she deletes his/her suspended profile on November 27, 2019, when there are 262 days left in the suspension (as it expires on August 15, 2020). The user creates a new profile on August 20, 2020. There are two possible ways to interpret these quotes:

  • The newly created account will receive a 262-day suspension, which will end on May 9, 2021.
  • The newly created account will not receive any automatic suspension, as it was created after the original suspension expired.

Which interpretation is correct? Does the user still re-receive the suspension, which now would expire on a different date?

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    Why was this downvoted?!
    – user447378
    Nov 27 '19 at 3:12
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    Curious questions about suspensions, bans, etc. tend to be downvoted, because people often believe without fully reading that the question is about an existing suspension and you're hiding details, asking how to evade it, etc. Nov 27 '19 at 3:22
  • @SonictheReinstateMonica-hog - 2021 is a different decade! (Current decade: 2011-2020, next decade: 2021-2030)
    – user447378
    Nov 27 '19 at 3:42
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    The OP in this case does appear to have been suspended from Music.SE with a suspension expiry date of August 15, 2020, so it's likely that they have a more than idle interest in the actual mechanics of this. This doesn't make it a bad question - it's a quite interesting one. Nov 27 '19 at 3:42
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    @ColumbiasaysReinstateMonica Using one's own case as an example doesn't necessarily mean that. Plus, the two cases cited are both not in the user's favor... Nov 27 '19 at 3:43
  • I suggested an edit to the title to hopefully be more clear about the question. Also, most people define a decade as starting with the year ending in a zero: The Sixties started in 1960 (duh), and therefore 1970 was part of the Seventies, not the Sixties. The (20)'20s will include the year 2020.
    – user45266
    Nov 27 '19 at 22:27
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    @user45266 well, I'd invite most people to take a look here. On English (the site), many regard the year ending with zero as the end of a decade / century / millennium. It's quite interesting.
    – JJJ
    Nov 27 '19 at 22:33
  • @JJforTransparencyandMonica Whoa! I can feel my horizons broadening! I never knew that that was even up for debate. Although with decades, I've never heard anyone argue that 1990 was part of the '80s. It's probably the same thing as saying "the 1900's" versus "the 20th century". I bet this is going to blow up in the media with people taking both sides once New Year's Eve rolls around... you heard it here first :)
    – user45266
    Nov 27 '19 at 22:41
  • @user45266 well I wouldn't recommend posting a happy new decade post on the ELU Meta site at the end of this year. ;p
    – JJJ
    Nov 27 '19 at 22:43
  • @user45266 Actually this was a big thing when billions of idiots celebrated the start of the new millennium in the year 2000. Nov 28 '19 at 17:13
  • @m69''snarkyandunwelcoming'' But would they have been wrong in celebrating the start of the 2000s? I have a hard time believing that the year 2000 was part of the 1900s, but I could maybe see it being part of the 20th century... Ultimately, does it even matter?
    – user45266
    Nov 28 '19 at 18:45
  • @user45266 0 = 10 not 1. If you asked someone to organize a bunch of sticks in bundles of 10, would you expect them to put the 10th stick in the 2nd bundle? The first bundle would only have 9 sticks. A group of 10 includes the 10th thing. (For 0 to be 1 there’d have to be a year 0 and there isn’t.)
    – BSMP
    Dec 25 '19 at 20:12
  • @BSMP Okay, but take those same ten sticks (actually, let's make it a hundred - you'll see why), label them 0-99 and spread them out on a table. Now, if I asked you to take all the "forties" out, would you grab stick number fifty? To me, that's ridiculous.
    – user45266
    Jan 6 '20 at 3:37
  • Now, we do have words like "century" and "decade" that are specifically tied to the chronological system we use, and to me it's fine to define a "decade", "century", or "millenium" as "one-indexed" (first ordinal number is one) rather than "zero-indexed", since our calendar system excludes a year zero. But to take a word like "the two thousands" and include "three thousand" is illogical; it goes against the very meaning of the number two thousand.
    – user45266
    Jan 6 '20 at 3:39
  • To take this to an extreme, what if the number of things in a group is only one? Example: Is the year 2179 part of the "two thousands"? Of course. Is the year 2179 part of the "twenty-one hundreds"? Yup. Is the year 2179 part of the "seventies" (2170s)? Duh. But is the year 2179 part of the "nines"? I think it clearly should be! You can't possibly argue that it's part of the "eights", can you?
    – user45266
    Jan 6 '20 at 3:49


Practically the suspension counter keeps running after you deleted your account.

Lets say you're on a 30 day suspension. You wait 2 days, and go ....ehhhh and delete your account. Then wait 5 days and make a new account - you're on 23 days (30-7). Presumably, this will happen as long as the new accounts are linked to the old one.

As such, if you deleted at any time between day 1-30, and waited for the suspension to pass, your suspension would be over.

You might get in trouble for other things I guess but you won't be suspended.

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    You might get in trouble for other things I guess but you won't be suspended. and within the hour This account is temporarily suspended to cool down. The suspension period ends on Dec 27 at 4:20. that escalated quickly.
    – JJJ
    Nov 27 '19 at 21:52
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    @JJforTransparencyandMonica You've just witnessed the rare "triple threat suspension": Being suspended on three separate SEs simultaneously for three separate amounts of time (week, month, year).
    – user45266
    Nov 27 '19 at 22:26
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    The question says “There are two possible ways to interpret these quotes: ... Which interpretation is correct?”  ISTM that questions like that should not be answered “Yes” or “No”.
    – Scott
    Nov 28 '19 at 2:45
  • That's not how the question was originally phrased.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Nov 28 '19 at 5:56
  • @Scott The "no" answers the last part of the question, after the part you quoted. Dec 3 '19 at 4:02

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