Yesterday, a contributor (questioner) on a site was suspended for 365 days. That very same person, with a thinly veiled avatar change, returns today as if nothing has happened! It would appear that it's OK for this to happen. What's going on here?

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    If someone is suspended and they create a new account, that's not ok. Nowhere in the rules will you find that's ok.
    – Mast
    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:58
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    However, unless that new account starts causing trouble there's a low likelihood of anything being done against it.
    – Mast
    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:59
  • @Mast - So, this could continue, with avatar changes, ad infinitum?
    – Tim
    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:02
  • An avatar change does not create a new user. The suspension is on the account.
    – Mast
    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:02
  • @Mast - so a new account must have been created. Maybe new rule needed?
    – Tim
    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:04
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It would appear that it's OK for this to happen.

No, it's certainly not OK. It's just that the ♦ moderators didn't notice the new account yet – they're not online 24/7. You can flag one of the posts for moderator attention and explain that's a suspended user breaking the rules.

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I did that just before writing this answer, and the new account has now been destroyed.

  • How did you find the user to flag? (Was it a job for the SEDE query again? :) )
    – Flakes
    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:08
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    I just looked at the homepage of the site where the OP is the most active, and found a question with some suspicious comments.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:12
  • Elementary, I guess. Thank you.
    – Flakes
    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:13
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    +1 for the hand drawn red circle. People have gotten lax around here.
    – mpdonadio
    Dec 28, 2019 at 21:44
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    Some of us still follow the old ways 😁 Dec 28, 2019 at 23:14

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