tl;dr We're very quick (at some sites) in deleting closed off-topic questions. By doing so we're closing doors for people with "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account" post ban to lift it. What am I missing?
For years I've lived with thinking that we are not deleting questions for which the only close reason was "off-topic". We are not doing so, because:
Closed questions appears in search results (and deleted questions are not) and thus can be used as an example for other users to not re-post the same off-topic question.
Now, I am taking the above and trying to fit it into FAQ explanation on what one can do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account" post ban. I am trying to fit that and I am failing totally.
The parts that are frightening me the most are these:
Automatic bans never expire or "time out".
Before you do anything else, fix your existing posts! (...) Poorly worded, titled, formatted, and overly long or short? Then fix them!
If a post was poorly received (downvoted or closed), those negative marks will continue to count against your account even if the post is deleted! Whenever possible, try to fix posts instead of deleting them.
- We are encouraging users with post ban to fix as many questions as possible instead of deleting them
- We are encouraging moderators to delete as many closed questions as possible. Sometimes even faster than 60 hours since closing
OK, I can see (and still fix) my deleted question. Right. But:
- To undelete question, I need four votes (plus mine)
- Deleted questions are seen by 10k+ rep users only (except me and mods)
- On some younger sites there aren't many 10k+ rep users
- So, there are a lot of scenarios where my question won't be undeleted
- This means that it won't be seen by a general community
- This means that it won't gain enough upvotes (after fixing) to lift the post ban
I can virtually spent my entire life fixing my closed questions and gain nothing. Only because these were deleted very quickly (or deleted at all in general).
What am I missing?