If I ask a question, and it gets downvoted and closed, would it be a good idea to delete and recreate my account, to erase the question from my question record? Doing so effectively disassociates the question from the author, and can clean up my profile and not make me look as bad if all my post(s) were of negative score, or closed.

One may be tempted to do this. But is this really a good idea?


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If you do this to the point that you're abusing the delete account feature to stay out of a question ban, moderators will become the wiser and you risk becoming temporarily banned. If you do this once or twice, you still probably shouldn't risk it.

I learned this from experience:


We're writing in reference to your Meta Stack Exchange account:


We've noted you deleted your account a couple of times; if you didn't, you'd clearly be banned by the system from asking more questions. Deleting and recreating your account is clearly not the right way to circumvent this.

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    I would say it's generally a bad idea to even 'mildly' try to get around system restrictions. Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 3:26
  • @JourneymanGeekOnStrike Hey Journeyman & others I edited my answer. Can you please re-evaluate it and consider un-down-voting? No pressure though. Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 3:37
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    @JourneymanGeekOnStrike on the other hand, a 7-day suspension is way milder than a question ban... the system seems to encourage this behavior.
    – wimi
    Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 12:54
  • Well the first time. And we can't set a manual question ban. Bit of a loophole, but if someone exploits it, we're going to let people not to do it, and dissuade them from it with the tools at our disposal Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 13:02

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