I've been a user for like 3 months. I have 3 questions that have a score of -1 and I have at least 2 questions that have a score of +2 or higher.

What went wrong? And before you think it's a "noob" reason, I've been using Stack for 4 months and I have never been question banned before on any Stack sites.

Also, why couldn't I get a suspension instead? I'm not new so yeah!

  • The negative scores might do it. How many answers have you posted? How many deleted questions?
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 2:40
  • I dunno about deleted but I never answered any questions since I'm usually on Stack (1.6k rep)
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 2:42
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    "Stack" is not a sufficient description for a site in the StackExchange network. Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 9:46
  • @OliverSalzburg Although a quick look at the OP's network profile says the two highest-rep accounts are Stack Overflow (1659 rep) and MSO (268 rep).
    – user
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 12:06
  • @MichaelKjörling: That task is not that easily performed in the SE app and my point remains still ;) Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 12:34
  • @gparyani Are you sure?
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 21:14
  • I've edited one of your questions and upvoted it. Surely this did not deserve to be downvoted this far...
    – bwDraco
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 18:09

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Of the 10 questions you've asked:

  • 2 were deleted (both were downvoted)
  • 3 (different ones) were closed
  • Only 2 have more than a single upvote, and one of those is closed

Moderators are not privy to the exact algorithm behind the question ban, so I don't know for sure, but you're probably right on the edge. In case you weren't aware, deleted questions still affect the q-ban algorithm.

I would suggest taking some time to edit your existing questions to improve them. Read "How To Ask" in detail, and update your existing questions to fit those criteria. Undeleting some of the self-deleted questions may also help.

Making some contributions back to the community also affects the question ban algorithm. Consider answering some questions as well, as this can help boost your score if you provide high-quality answers.

  • Only 1 upvote? There's 3 actually that have upvotes, ok maybe 2 since 1 is closed. Hmm, I thought only downvoted ones contribute towards this. Uh for the deleted ones, I don't really know if I can even fix that because the quality is way too bad I gotta say :(
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 2:45
  • @Ramhound Explain how I fix questions that aren't allowed on this site? No grammar is needed to be fixed. The reason is that they're off topic so how do I make them on topic? As for my closed questions, I don't know how to make them. Wow I'm innocent why ban me? I know how this place works I'm not a noob
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 15:45
  • @Ramhound Why don't you try to help me out on this maybe? I'm not good at trying to fix questions. Why don't you maybe suggest edits for me? I feel that it's not a fair ban really
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 17:18
  • @puretppc if you really feel the ban is unfair, you can use the "contact us" link to contact the Stack Exchange team and request a review. However, the best course of action is to carefully read How to Ask and to edit your own previous questions, as I mentioned before.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 19:14
  • You think I'm a noob at this? I've repeated this like 5 times that I'm not a noob and I know how this site works! Anyways sorry for temper but I'll try this ok. Or should I flag my best question for mod attention so I can explain myself about this ban?
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 19:25
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    @puretppc I'm just trying to help, so please be nice. Flagging for mod attention will do nothing, because we moderators are already aware of the situation via this meta post. As I previously stated, moderators do not know the exact details of the question ban algorithm and we do not have the ability to manually disable it. Your only choices are to improve your existing questions or contact the Stack Exchange team.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 19:49
  • @nhinkle Why don't you help me fix them? I don't even know what to fix to be honest. That's the great problem is that if I think it's good but you don't think it's good. Why don't you at least list out what I need to be "fixed"?
    – puretppc
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 21:31
  • @puretppc as I've said before, I do not know exactly what changes would push you back over the brink. I'm sorry, but I literally cannot list out what you need to fix. I do not have that information. You can read this info in the help center on tips for reversing the question ban.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 23:48
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    @puretppc We don't want people to game the system. Disclosing the ban algorithm, even to full ♦moderators, could lead to a long-term decline in overall content quality across the Stack Exchange network as people are likely to abuse the algorithm. See also this Coding Horror blog post: Designing for Evil
    – bwDraco
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 18:21
  • @puretppc Just to underscore what nhinkle wrote: Answer some questions with good answers that get upvotes. Someone who only asks questions and never answers is taking without giving back. You are question banned, but not answer banned. It is time to give something back. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 22:07

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