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What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”?

When I click on the Post your Question button SO tells me the following:

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: * Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account.

What is the problem? Or am I blocked from asking questions on SO?

My reputation is 63 in SO.


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We have a heuristic in place that stops users from asking questions if we notice a lot of downvotes for a users.

It looks like you tripped the heuristic, but just by a tiny bit. If you provide one or two more quality answers that get upvoted you will be able to ask questions again.

  • Additionally, it seems like he has asked duplicate questions and questions which already exist in that form or another. Oct 29, 2010 at 6:31
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    Again, if the questions visible are all questions asked, the heuristic is way too harsh. I'm glad about every leech that gets booted out this way, but this doesn't seem to be one of them
    – Pekka
    Oct 29, 2010 at 7:21
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    @pekka we also include deleted posts in our calculations
    – waffles
    Oct 29, 2010 at 8:31
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    @waffles: I believe he already knows that since he specified if the questions visible are all questions asked. It would be nice if you could tell us if he has any downvoted deleted questions, though. Oct 29, 2010 at 8:32
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    @Kop yes, but we are not going to release our algorithm cause it will be gamed, personally I see this as a failing of, us, the community. When you see question/answers by users with less than say 200 rep or so, please upvote if you want them to continue asking questions on the site.
    – waffles
    Oct 30, 2010 at 10:07
  • for example, @Tareq is probably missing only 2-3 upvotes, that could easily be fixed ...
    – waffles
    Oct 30, 2010 at 10:08
  • @waffles is it automatic as well, or does a moderator need to manually lift the ban? May 16, 2011 at 12:44
  • @Shadow automatic
    – waffles
    May 16, 2011 at 13:09
  • Oops. Going to update wrong comment then. :/ May 16, 2011 at 14:01
  • What about me, A asked a perfectly good question, which was downvotes a lot and now i can't ask question anymore. I triggered the heuristic too.
    – Starx
    Mar 19, 2012 at 1:59
  • @Starx on meta? you asked 5 questions most of which got heavily downvoted, take some time off... look at existing questions on meta and provide some interesting answers to lift the ban
    – waffles
    Mar 19, 2012 at 2:40
  • i asked 1 question that was voted to be moved to another shelf. also recently i deleted some of these "bad" questions thinking it would help me be able to ask questions again. now ive learnt it will give me more negative points. anyhow, its a bad system if a new user who has only asked 3 questions is banned when he is still getting used to the site. maybe there should be a leeway period for new users, negative points accumulate and user is banned from asking questions but they can restore the points (visibly). atm its just, ask some more questions, and maybe your ip might get privileges back.
    – jskye
    Apr 25, 2012 at 0:50
  • @jskye you are not banned from answering, answer a few questions well and your ban will be lifted
    – waffles
    Apr 25, 2012 at 5:14
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    waffles the rule is good, but sometimes i think it is targetting the wrong people. I was happy to contribute on Stack Overflow and occassionally asked a question which got downvoted. I deleted one particular question as well after I saw that it was not so wise but nowhere anything that would justify a ban. I mean if someone like me has a reputation of 492 he should a least be gotten a warning first, dont you think? Feb 25, 2014 at 18:01
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    @waffles in addition, I think a six month ban is quite overkill. Within 1-2 days I had a good idea on how to ask questions already via self-reflection (I did kind of rush questions before that). I think people should get a 1 day question ban before going onto a more severe ban, and even that should be lowered to 2-3 months (I went straight to the ban with no warning whatsoever). Also, upvoting isn't that common anymore.This causes a problem because there are quality questions/answers that just don't get upvoted, making it harder to lift the ban.
    – Reality
    Apr 2, 2021 at 14:43

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