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What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?

If you are reading this, you may have been affected by one of our post quality bans. If so, it is important that you read the following information to understand what has happened and how to regain ...
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Get rid of the question ban on Meta; suspend actively harmful users manually

This user appears to have been question banned because of two unpopular Meta suggestions. (He says so in Chat) Look at the two contributions that appear to have gotten him banned. Like those of many ...
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Comprehensive question quality blocks now enabled everywhere

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, and while most people start off doing it poorly, some never get better. For years now, when sites ...
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Remove the shortened URL from the Post-Ban-Message [duplicate]

The message informing users about the post ban carries a shortened URL: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account. See http://goo.gl/C1Kwu to learn more. Can it please be ...
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Question banning should work differently on Meta

I just wanted to report a problem with Data Explorer and realized I was banned from asking questions on meta. Probably because I asked 3 questions with a score <= -10. Reading through the reasons ...
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Include user being blocked from posting in user history

When a moderator views the history of a user, there is no indication of when the user has been blocked from posting a question or answer. This includes users blocked for repeated low quality ...
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Block migration if user is suspended/question-blocked at destination

There's a sad little loophole in the suspension/question-block system: migrations. Example: Let's say you've been suspended on MSO, but you really, really want to post a question here now. All you ...
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"We're no longer accepting" message should not be hosted on meta [duplicate]

When users receive a question ban they see a message that links them to a post on meta in the faq tag. I would like to put forward the hypothesis that this is the way most of the users who post ...
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What happens to folks who get question banned, by and large?

There is a steady stream of duplicates of What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? coming in lately. It's got me wondering. Roughly ...
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How can a question banned user fix their questions if they're deleted?

If a user is question banned and the cause of the ban is too many deleted questions, how can the user fix this on their own? Until recently, advice has been to improve their questions, but since ...
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No one likes quitting cold turkey

The ban process is very useful to preventing low quality posts - for the most part. One very large glaring issue with it is that users can bypass it at will by using a different account. On a daily ...
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Allow banned users to see their own deleted posts [duplicate]

Apologies if this question has already been asked, but I was unable to find it. Please don't ban me. I've been banned from posting new answers. This article says to fix my posts. But it also says my ...
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Clarify "no longer accepting questions from this account" error [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Better explanation when account is blocked A few months ago SO started blocking questions from users with a history of poor questions; users get the error message: Sorry, ...
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Use the new helpcenter for the question/answer ban message

Related: "We're no longer accepting" message should not be hosted on meta The helpcenter has an entry for the question ban message. It still links to the meta page for further details. ...
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Question Ban: Should it be permanent?

Currently, new users who repeatedly ask extremely low quality questions, as defined by various hidden metrics, eventually get a "question ban". They can still use the site, but they are not permitted ...
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Warn users that are treating SO as a forum, before their account is suspended [duplicate]

Questions like this are fairly common. New users sign up, treat Stack Overflow like a forum, and wind up with a suspended account. They then post here for help, and a moderator ends up writing the ...
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Annotate user accounts network-wide when they get rate-limited or banned

A while back, I proposed giving moderators limited moderation privileges on closely related sites, but it didn't get very much love. However, this is something that still would be really helpful: ...
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Can the post ban message show links to deleted questions or answers?

Over and over again people come to meta and say they were banned for "one bad answer" or "one bad question." They don't understand that deleted posts count, no matter who deleted them. Often, a ...
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Let question-banned users know that they're banned even if their 6-month limit has opened up

When a user is banned from asking questions, they are still allowed to ask one question every six months, in order to try and get their ban lifted in case they're unable to improve their existing ...
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Offer redemption to confused question banned users

A version of my question was asked here: Give better explanations when accounts are blocked . However, the status complete on that question resulted in the message I am taking issue with. Another ...
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Prevent complete question replacement, to avoid question limits

Recently I saw two cases where the users changed the whole question (body + title!) to a new question just because Stack Overflow prevented them from asking a new question within X time. Example 1, ...
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Make users pass a review assessment as final stage before question ban

A different proposal in response to the problem documented in Warn new users when they ask a question after a previous question is closed, downvoted, or deleted. After a user has had a first or ...
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Allow post-banned users to edit their removed answers/questions

I've got a question ban on Stack Overflow. Some of my questions with very low votes have been deleted by moderators. I have a list of them. I wanted to improve them and then vote to undelete it, but I ...
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How can you know that you are quite close to losing your account? [duplicate]

I just came to know about this new policy of Stack Overflow. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. Initially it was funny that people are losing their accounts :-D. ...
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Should the automated ban on questions used on SO apply to Meta as well?

From this question, it appears that the same system for blocking new questions by those that have a history of bad questions used on Stack Overflow also applies to Meta Stack Overflow. Should it? ...
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Streamlining deletion of quality block evasion accounts

A quality block system is now in place across the network, where users who ask a series of poorly-received questions (or leave a string of inappropriate answers) are temporarily blocked from posting ...
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Convincing the community: Should we rephrase the post-ban faq?

We all are aware of the many questions we get on automatic post-bans. Often we simply close them as a dupe of "What can I do when..." because the OP simply did not read it. On rare occasions ...
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Allow 20k users to see deleted posts from other users profiles (particularly for post banned users)

Background Anyone who has spent any time on meta will have experienced a user who has been question or answer banned and is looking for help. Often letting them know how to improve is what they need ...
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Give better explanations when accounts are blocked

Over the past week or so, I've seen many questions from users who don't understand why their accounts have been locked. They have even made the effort to come here and ask why, so at least they know ...
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Restrict users under a question ban from chat

Lounge<‌C++> frequently answers questions that are appropriate for the main site, and drive-by asking is a persistent problem. Lately there has been an increase in people coming to the room because ...
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Does the SE network have an effective process in place to deal with aggressively toxic users?

I welcome any details that can be shared, but I understand if there are specifics that cannot be. I am primarily interested in whether the process exists, rather than what that process is. What's been ...
Peter Duniho's user avatar
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Quality ban warning

How does the hobbling for bad askers work, on sites where the question ban isn't enabled? In particular, as a moderator, I see repeated entries in a user's history stating user posted after seeing ...
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Multiple accounts being used to dodge a question ban

From what I've read on meta, multiple accounts by one user are "OK" as long as they aren't being used as "sock-puppets" to upvote eachother. Well I've come across someone who is ...
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How can I improve my questions to regain the ability to ask questions on StackOverflow?

Background I have been banned from asking questions on StackOverflow, but do not understand why I have been receiving so many down votes. When I ask questions on StackOverflow, I strive to make them ...
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Reversing a disability-related post ban

After a year of waiting I am finally able to ask a proper question here and I do expect a reasonable answer. I am a 30 year old Java developer suffering from a brain tumor and the after effects of 2 ...
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Flawed question-ban system

I recently got banned from SoftwareEngineering.StackExchange.com. The point of this post is not to get the ban lifted, or to argue with the negative scores of my posts. It is to discuss the ban system ...
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Just fix the Stack Overflow "Quality Question" text

There has been an obvious problem with newbies getting the dialog when they have been question banned, and they don't understand the basics of clicking on the link to get the answer to why it happened....
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Explicitly warn new users not to ask follow-up questions in the answer space

When new users click in the answer text area for the first time they're greeted with the following message: Thanks for contributing an answer to Mi Yodeya - Stack Exchange! Please make sure you ...
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Post ban warning not showing up

Back in 2014, a warning was added for posters who are on their way to receiving a question ban. That post includes screenshots of the warning, but the visual styling depicted in the screenshots is ...
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Do downvotes/flags still affect the original owner of a community wiki post other than for rep calculation?

Some time ago I was pointed to a ranting/rude answer that was immediately converted to wiki by the poster. Since at the time it seemed pretty clear that the poster originally posted the rant and then ...
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Are good, trusted accounts really blocked too, while on a bad IP address?

I read this, on the official answer to What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”? My account is in good standing. Why am I still blocked? The ...
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Improve guidance for users who are in danger of being quality-banned [duplicate]

I had posted my first question. I got negative feedback and deleted it. Request No. 1 User should be shown a pop-up message while deleting a post: "This would be taken into account. So it is ...
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Can I receive some account ban advice?

Would anybody be able to take a look at my account and let me know what I should fix? I've undeleted my questions (originally though deleting bad questions would be helpful)and added missing code to ...
YepNamesJames's user avatar
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Stats on how attempts to circumvent Stack Overflow question blocks impact other sites

I would like to better understand how attempts to circumvent Stack Overflow question blocks impact other sites. I believe this can be estimated by finding out how many migrations to Stack Overflow ...
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Require a minimum rep to delete your own question

One of the things new users of SO have trouble with is that deleting questions is rarely the right thing to do. I see newcomers: delete a question and ask it again delete a question and ask it again ...
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Should the post ban message be reworded?

We get tons of posts from users asking about bans, perhaps assuming that their case is somehow different from the others, or that the ban was incorrect, or that they need to ask a question now, etc. ...
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Can negatively-received [feature-request]s lead to a question ban?

Should a few negatively-receieved feature requests from the same user cause a question ban on meta? Since voting on feature-requests is used to express the community's agreement/disagreement with the ...
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I didn't RTFM; How can I repent for my SE sins?

I never RTFM on Stack Exchange and got myself trapped in limbo on AskUbuntu: After sifting though similar questions about this happened, I'm guessing that I have a few deleted posts. In an effort to ...
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Highly upvoted old posts can more or less inoculate you from post bans?

When reviewing and even when I'm just looking for info, I eventually stumble on to a post that isn't only bad its mindbogglingly awful and out of morbid curiosity I check the user profile. Not only is ...
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Is it time to stop taking restrictive actions based on the user's IPv4 address?

In 2012, this question was asked requesting to stop banning by IP address. (This was the only question I could find directly related to this issue on Meta.) I'd like to revisit basically the same ...
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