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Can moderators lock user accounts?

If so, what are the main reasons that they would do so?

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Moderators can suspend users for a certain number of days. From the blog:

If a moderator has warned you via email about behavior, and that behavior continues, for a period of 1 to 365 days, your account will be in timed suspension.

  • Your account will be locked at 1 reputation.
  • Your user page will have a visual indication that you are in timed suspension, and for how long.
  • You will be unable to ask or answer questions.

At the end of this period, your reputation will be recalculated, and your account will resume as normal.

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