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There is a user account that has a suspension message on Mi Yodeya that says they are suspended network-wide until 2025. However, they have several other accounts, and none of them appear to be suspended. The user voted to close a question on Mathematics today, so they are clearly not suspended. Is this suspension message specific to the site? Did the moderators for the site erroneously choose this message, or does it not mean what I think it means? The other possibility is that it is a bug and that they are supposed to be suspended network-wide, but are not.

This may not be a duplicate of User is suspended network-wide, except not really, since the user is suspended "network-wide" on just one site, not all sites but a few. In that case, the user in question had been manually unsuspended on just one site by a moderator there. While it might be possible that local moderators unsuspended the user on all of their other sites but one, this may not be the case here.

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    @Ollie I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to single out the user, so I didn't link to the profile. – Matt Samuel Sep 2 at 21:04
  • Well, you'd have to do something really bad to get network wide suspensions. REALLY BAD. Can you screenshot the message? – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 2 at 21:04
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    This seems related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/257498/…, but the status there is status-bydesign. Weird. – Ollie Sep 2 at 21:05
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    @10Repisn'tactiveonMSE sort of - kind of...for five years, yes. – Ollie Sep 2 at 21:06
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    The user also has well over 100 reputation on all their other communities, rather than the suspension-standard 1, so something is clearly skewed. – Ollie Sep 2 at 21:18
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    @RobertColumbia I doubt this is a duplicate. In this case, the user is suspended "network-wide" on just one account, not all but a few accounts. While it might be the case that local moderators unsuspended the user on all of their sites but one, I think the chances of that case here are low and there might be something else going on. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Sep 2 at 21:34
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    Also, I did an SEDE query and they don't have any hidden communities that are suspended. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Sep 2 at 21:35
  • @sonic see the accepted answer. It's a duplicate. – Robert Columbia Sep 2 at 23:12
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    @RobertColumbia Thanks; voted this as a duplicate. I didn't know that it was an instance of the same case here, but now I know. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Sep 2 at 23:13
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Is this suspension message specific to the site? Did the moderators for the site erroneously choose this message, or does it not mean what I think it means?

The network-wide suspension message is not a choice to moderators. It is automatically applied when a staff member actually does apply a network-wide suspension.


I found the user you are referring to. They were suspended network-wide by staff, and their remaining profiles were manually unsuspended afterwards. The message is technically correct, they do have a network suspension at the account level and if the user ever created a new profile, it would be automatically suspended for the remainder of that term. But for obvious reasons, there's not any other detail I can go into about their situation.

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    I'm curious: Are site moderators able to locally unsuspend a user who has a network-wide suspension, or can such an unsuspension only be performed by staff? – Ryan M Sep 2 at 22:39
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    @RyanM Moderators can manually unsuspend a network-suspended account, yes. – animuson Sep 2 at 22:43
  • @RyanM also see the duplicate question, this is explained there. – Luuklag Sep 3 at 7:08

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