When another users submitted a very low-quality answer, I flagged it as useless. The user retaliated against me with a down vote, and I said something to the effect of: 'If you don't like my question, can you tell me why?'
I think down-voting isn't useful unless a question is truly low-quality, and you have a good reason to say: "Other users should not see this", but there's a strain of chronic down-voting in the community. I do a lot of research and try to submit easy-to-answer questions after I've given my best efforts to complete all of the work, myself. I work hard on the formatting. I edit my writing. So, I think most of my questions are not low-quality and should have attention, with very few exceptions.
Anyway, I got a 90-point ding/ban.
There has certainly been an intermittent pattern of abuse by users (some people have multiple accounts, I'm sure, for example); however, this abuse is also moderated with growing efficiency.
My question is:
If a ban is temporary, wouldn't it be better to not give them the additional stress of worrying about a permanent ban? Shouldn't it be very clear: "This is a permanent ban." Or, "This is a 2-week ban."
Something important for users who find this post to keep in mind: most bans are not permanent; rather, they are temporary, and your privileges come back after the suspension ends. Sometimes, the bans are put in place because of concerns (like your account may have been logged into by an unwanted 3rd party), etc.