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[EDIT - see modifications (@ post end) based on Bart bringing this to our attention again.] Today, having watched my first question (a feature request) here on Meta drop to -6 with no bottom in sight, I immediately got discouraged. Then a kind comment mentioned that downvotes meant mere disagreement about using or implementing the suggestions. And then I ...


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Before you read this, let me remind you once again that q-bans aren't exactly a fixed state: since they're based on a bunch of different past activities and associated responses from the community which can and do change without warning... It's entirely possible for someone to qualify for a ban and never realize it because by the time they go to post again ...


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Question blocks worked well enough at the scale that they were introduced. Those that could be helped were able to get out from under them, those that couldn't generally just left. They're not working very well today. Because they're so difficult to get out from underneath (voting is much heavier these days), people find it easier to just request account ...


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First off, an explanation of the two status tags: Declined: We won't remove the q-ban entirely. See below. Completed: We already suspend actively harmful users manually, and will continue to do so. In addition, we've modified the score threshold for q-bans (again) based on a fresh analysis of the data - at this point, it is low enough that it should be ...


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Do you have any numbers available for us as to how the ban is beneficial on other sites? I'm worried that politically motivated downvoting may cause question blocks on politics.SE.


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It's because you have two more questions that have been deleted that also have scores of less than zero. Deleted questions contribute to the automatic question ban. If they didn't then users could ask bad questions, delete them and carry on asking bad questions without stopping. However, it does seem harsh in this case as your other questions are generally ...


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The message is there to be read, understood, its links followed, read and understood as well. And then, we hope you follow the advice and start asking better questions - at this point, this is up to you. If you ask better questions, you will not get blocked. If you don't ask better questions... well, you did get a warning, right?


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That is long. But thanks for being honest. For now: I've merged your accounts. This will cost you a little bit of reputation, since you accepted your own answer (which is ok) and got a bonus for it (which isn't ok). Since your newer answers were well-received, you're no longer answer-banned. Keep it up! For future reference / others reading this: You can ...


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It's a warning that we show to folks who are near a quality block, or would be near a quality block if they were enabled on the site. As we could (in theory) enable them at any point where we and the moderators of a site deemed them necessary, we warn unconditionally. While the user isn't actually going to be blocked (though they will soon be rate limited ...


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Is there a reasonable chance of recovering from a ban, assuming you care enough to try? By and large I cannot comment, but I am an example of a question-banned user who makes a positive contribution to SE, and is attempting to clear the ban by-the-book. I am still question-banned on MSO, after a significantly good week on both SO (about 1.5K rep, #199 for ...


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You posted 3 answers before receiving a ban, not 1. All 3 were flagged by the community (multiple times) as not being answers. Here are the start of those posts: I am having the same problem... Having same problem... Does anyone have further information... None of these posts were actually answers, they were appropriately flagged and subsequently deleted....


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This is what happened, as far as I can tell1. Due to a series of down voted and ultimately deleted questions, a question ban was imposed. You then effectively lifted the ban by fixing some of them, and continued to provide helpful answers. However, you were barely over the threshold. As in a few down votes could have probably put you back in it. You then ...


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As the person whose question prompted Pekka to put a bounty on this, I can say that it IS frustrating when you spot improvements or errors and are not allowed to contribute this information. By nature, I'm a helper. I spend HOURS a day on this site in the MS-Access, VBA and SQL portions of SO answering questions. I received the Tenacious badge because I ...


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I have had the bad experience of being banned on Meta. I, too, didn't know that my actions could lead to limitations; I was unaware of the fact that deleting questions, or getting too many negative votes, or some kind of combination of those could lead to a ban. I found the reasons for my ban afterwards, so from my point of view, and my personal opinion is ...


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You are almost pretending as if none of this ever existed: People leaving comments as to why questions are closed People explaining their downvotes The messages below closed questions The message you get when a question doesn't meet quality standards The message you get when you're banned from posting All the examples of good content on the site Editors who ...


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No. If by post-banned you mean blocked from posting due to scores of previous posts? No. The thresholds here are extremely high as compared to the other sites, and many folks that participated in conversations where things really flared up had quite a few positively-scored posts to their credit, many of which contributed over years, not months or weeks. ...


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I think in your case, the reason for the question ban was the 6 questions you deleted over the last couple of days, seemingly in response to the serial downvoting. I've undeleted these, which should be enough to return you back over the threshold. I've also issued a warning to the person targeting you with these downvotes, because you weren't the only one ...


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Actually, there are three bad questions: What are some recent Web programming good practices and Standards? Why Won't these 2 columns align? Best Way to Build a Fluid HTML and CSS Page What makes these 'bad' questions? For What are some recent Web programming good practices and standards, it's the textbook definition of Not Constructive. You ask: Now I ...


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Yes, it violates the rules. As was pointed out in the comments, you've been told this before, right here on Meta.SE. It confused me on Aviation.SE when I saw the New User flag on your name, since I knew you weren't new. I'd say you're lucky the Aviation mods only gave you a 30-day suspension, based on your posts across multiple SE sites and your repeated ...


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Users can now see recent deleted questions in their profile. We're normally not particularly eager to direct folks in that direction though, since in many cases they'd be hard-put to salvage them: most folks who hit the quality bans have made a lot more mistakes than just deleting their questions, if they had anything to do with the deletions at all... ...


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For the record, no one specifically blocked your account; you were placed in an automatic question ban on the main site due to the community's voting on the quality of your questions. There is no link whatsoever to your posts on Meta. You may have brought this on yourself with your last question, by calling attention to yourself and your questions. As a ...


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I did not delete your posts, but here are my opinions on all 5 of your deleted answers, to hopefully help you out some for the future: Question: how to retrieve general informations from a open source package, eyes on poker-eval library Your answer: Check out my OneJoker library as well. It's not very well documented either (yet), but it's a lot simpler and ...


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No one person banned you. There's a super-secret algorithm in place that automatically post-bans users that continually post bad content. You were caught by this algorithm. How were your questions deemed bad? downvotes (or a lack of votes), closure, deletion. As other users have stated, you should follow the directions here in order to work towards being ...


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As someone in the comments on this post mentioned, CSS works with FF and IE, but not Chrome, you need to ask a question. It's not clear what the problem is or what the outcome is you hope to achieve. I upvoted the question here, CSS Header Background-Color Won't Work, as it has some value due to the id/class issue. id attributes should never be repeated ...


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I support this and I think it should be implemented as follows: once a user meets whatever the secret requirements are for the post ban, their next question gets this dialog. It includes warnings chosen from a selection of sentences that might apply to the user such as "deleting your own questions", "asking questions that were closed by the community", "...


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As of February 16th 2017, question bans are enabled on all Stack Exchange sites Before that, only a few sites had an automatic question ban. As of February 2014, these were Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault, Programmers, Ask Ubuntu, Mathematics, and Meta Stack Exchange. Note that the quality bans are disabled on all meta sites, regardless of whether ...


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First, thank you for your well-researched, well-reasoned initiation for this discussion. I agree that IPv4 is not particularly reliable as a way to identify a person; at best it's akin to guessing what's in a package by way of the postmark on the outside. For many postmarks there are potentially thousands of possible senders, and even if you were to guess ...


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According to the terms of our license, you have the right to be disassociated from your contributions at your discretion. The provision in the license allows for a collaborative work taking a turn that one of its contributors doesn't wish to be associated with, but the reason doesn't much matter in implementation. If you request that a large percentage of ...


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