What is considered acceptable feedback?
For anything other than trivial "CSS is falling apart", first you have to ask yourself do you feel lucky?
It might go right and it might go wrong. This place is a minefield. No matter how careful you are, no matter how good your intentions are, you can still blow yourself up if you make any minor misstep.
1. Good faith and good intent are long dead and buried here.
When I say that, it does not mean that you should no longer assume good intent when reading posts and comments from other people, but that you should not expect you will be given the same treatment and your words will be taken as written in good faith.
2. There are no warnings
Everyone keep saying that you don't have to fear, and if you accidentally do something wrong you will get a warning first. That is not true. I for sure haven't got any.
Considering all of the above, if you still feel confident enough, then go ahead and give your feedback. Ask what you feel is worth asking or saying.
So what was wrong about asking about "good faith"?
Apparently, asking was not the problem (or at least that is what I have been told), rather "trying to sneak in content that's deleted".
For the record, I never tried to sneak anything in. I asked the question in good faith. I never wanted main focus of the question to be particular user suspension. But asking the question without relevant example would weaken the question and invite boilerplate answers. So I added example with relevant links. But then another user came along and commented my example with "Correlation doesn't mean causation". Then I added image of the suspension notice. Few comments later, I added the image of post itself, because users with less than 10K cannot read deleted posts and make their own judgement.
At that moment it never crossed my mind that I am doing something I shouldn't be doing. Images of deleted posts are often included in Stack Overflow Meta posts. Yes, I know this is not SO Meta, still... users with 10K+ reputation can read it all and I didn't think for a millisecond that this is something that should stay hidden and that posting it violates any rules.
And then things went into wrong direction.
- Deleting post - OK
- Suspension without any warning - not OK
It is not the problem in the suspension itself and sitting on the side for a week is not much of an issue. My problem with how things turned out is that my post asking about what is "good faith" wasn't taken as written in "good faith". I am not the kind of person to hold a grudge and I can most certainly appreciate the irony of it, but this chain of events made me lose any faith I had left in "fair treatment" around here.
As someone that appreciates honesty, if this is current reality here, I am glad this all happened as-is, because I actually got the most sincere and trustworthy answer to my question. I am grateful for that part. No hard feelings.
I can understand that moderators and CMs are tired and frustrated, but they are not the only ones feeling like that. At the moment this place is so divided that my left hand is on one side and my right hand on the other.
Probably moderators and CMs would like nothing better than we all just shut up, so there could be some peace and quiet around here. I certainly would not mind having some peace and quiet. But that is not likely to happen until there are unresolved issues hanging over our heads.
Until then we can only give our feedback and hope for the best.
I don't plan to get myself in the trouble again. But theory is one thing, practice another. I surely didn't plan to get myself in the trouble the first time around. So, if something similar happens again, my message to all of you:
Oops! Another mine... or banana peel... Take care!