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The new user SK is banned temporarily yet again. This is the 2nd suspension for him with hardly 2 days have elapsed after his 1st ban ended.

He created a lot of controversies from the start and it was too easy to guess that he will be banned sooner or later.

But after he returned from his first suspension, few users (including myself) tried to make him understand that if he is going to continue with his usual way of posting/commenting, then it is only a matter of days before he will be banned again. And, it appeared to me then, that he was ready to listen, and that he has learned some lessons from his 1st ban and was trying to improve his behavior on the site.

But, that does not seem to be the case, given that he is banned again. I want to know what led to his 2nd temporary suspension?

Also few allied questions-


  1. Will a user getting repeatedly temporary bans be banned permanently after few such occasions?

  2. Is it the local moderation team that bans or the CM team? if the later, then how do they know that they have a user to ban? Does the local moderation team prompt them in some ways?

  3. Are new users dealt with any differently from relatively old users as far as taking ban decisions are concerned?

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    Can I ask this question on Main Meta? --- I don't think it would be of any use. The rules they will cite are already mentioned in the answer below. @Tamas. – Rickross Dec 22 '17 at 10:57
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    As far as I remember, I didn't see him doing anything wrong this time. Dunno what's going on! – TheLittleNaruto Apr 28 '18 at 15:02
  • @TheLittleNaruto Yes his previous ban was for 1 month.. now it's for 6 months.. so if it's justified he must have done something more worse than what he did previously.. but I don't remember anything of that sort.. point here is you can not ask why he was banned.. no one is entitled to give any reasons either.. – Rickross Apr 28 '18 at 16:58
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    That's where is the problem. This SE community sites is mostly open w.r.t anything, but when it comes to suspension or deletion of any user, nobody gives a damn. – TheLittleNaruto Apr 28 '18 at 17:08
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    Nothing, it is the influence of this Srimannarayan Effect discovered by Srimannnayan K V. – user14995 Apr 29 '18 at 7:43
  • @AnuragSingh Yes that thing is affecting the site to a great deal..and now it is even more than what it used to be then.. – Rickross Apr 29 '18 at 9:19
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User suspensions are between Stack Exchange and the user only. They are accompanied with an "Private Message" detailing all the reasons as to why they are suspended. This is not shared publicly in order to protect the interests of the user. You can read more about it in this elaborate meta post Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

This is the 2nd suspension for him with hardly 2 days have elapsed after his 1st ban ended.

Some stuff which are taken rather seriously after one suspension. When an user gets back to doing the same act for which they have been suspended, they would usually get a longer suspension term. (There have been instances of users getting banned for an year, more than 2 times).

I want to know what led to his 2nd temporary suspension?

This, as I mentioned in the introduction, is private to that user. We can get to know some reasons by looking at the suspension reason. Here it is "to cool down" which implies that the user has engaged in some disruptive behavior which is against the code of conduct of Stack Exchange..

Will an user getting repeatedly temporary bans be banned permanently after few such occasions?

There are no permanent bans on the site. An user can come back, repeat the same act and get back into another temporary ban within a few seconds. See A Day in the Penalty Box.

By, Permanent bans, if you mean account deletions, then they are usually reserved for outright trolls who disrupt the functioning of the site. You usually won't find these on smaller sites like ours. (I can give one example from Stack Overflow)

Is it the local moderation team that bans or the CM team? if the later, then how do they know that they have an user to ban? Does the local moderation team prompt them in some ways?

Either of them can ban an user. Infact any one with a ♦ next to their name can suspend a user. (Community included). Usually the CM team won't step in to ban a particular user unless the moderator team have explicitly approached the CM team. Another reason where the CMs would ban an user is when they are contacted directly through the /contact page about the activities of a particular user, and they determine that it is ban worthy. (CMs are usually too busy to handle the suspensions of users on site).

Network bans are administered by CMs. If a user has been disrupting on more than one site, (like a child meta and the main meta), a CM can choose to suspend that user network wide.

i don't agree with the rule that the reasons for suspension can not be investigated upon.

The reasons for suspension can be investigated upon, but just not by us. The particular user who has been suspended has a few ways to contest their suspension.

  1. To reply to the moderator private message and mention their arguments against the suspension.

  2. To contact Stack Exchange and inform them of moderator foul play.

Remember that suspensions and private messages are taken quite seriously and any moderator who is found to have sent an unwarranted moderator message (with an ulterior motive) would be removed immediately from the moderator team.

Are new users dealt with any differently from relatively old users as far as taking ban decisions are concerned?

It is not the duration for which the user has been there on the site that counts but it is the amount of valuable contributions that the user has made to the site. An user who was created 2 years ago, but added a spam answer yesterday would be "destroy"ed immediately, whereas a new user who has a few other good answers, but added a nonsensical answer (pure gibberish) would just be suspended.

Similarly, when it comes to the timed suspensions, there is no difference made between new users or old users. (The duration of the suspension depends upon the impact of their action and their past history). For example, if a 20k rep user were to go around leaving abusive comments on the posts, they would be suspended. The same would be the case when a 1 rep user does it.

If the suspended user creates new accounts to surpass the ban and participate on the site with new account, the new accounts will be deleted and merged and the suspension period may get extended because creating sock puppets is another violation.

  • The main reason cited seems "to protect the suspended user". Now, this reason assumes that moderation was correct. But, if it wasn't then it protects the moderator more than it protects the suspended user. I am sorry but i don't agree with the rule that the reasons for suspension can not be investigated upon. – Rickross Dec 22 '17 at 11:00
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    @Rickross The reasons for suspension can be investigated upon, but just not by us. The particular user who has been suspended has a few ways to contest their suspension. 1. To reply to the moderator private message and mention their arguments against the suspension. 2. To contact Stack Exchange and inform them of moderator foul play. Remember that suspensions and private messages are taken quite seriously and any moderator who is found to have sent an unwarranted moderator message (with an ulterior motive) would be removed immediately from the moderator team. – Bhargav Rao Dec 22 '17 at 11:04
  • Ok would u please update this info in the answer? But does challenging really work against ban decisions? Do u know of any examples where ban decisions reversed and Mod suspended for foul play or something of that sort? – Rickross Dec 22 '17 at 11:07
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    @Rickross Nope, as of my knowledge, no moderator has ever done that. We get a huge banner while typing the private message about the reasons why we need to ban, what to do, what not to do, etc. I'm sure that no moderator would overlook that. – Bhargav Rao Dec 22 '17 at 11:09
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    And I've seen a few moderator decisions being reversed after they were challenged. One user was deleted as they were suspected of being a sock puppet. The account was reinstated after they provided enough evidence to prove that they are not socks. – Bhargav Rao Dec 22 '17 at 11:14
  • Also i asked about temporary/permanent bans, because it's being specifically mentioned that "this user is temporarily suspended". Now, if there were no permanent bans at all, then mentioning temporary for bans becomes redundant. They could simply state" user banned with ban getting over on this day" – Rickross Dec 23 '17 at 5:51
  • I have added a Q3 now. Can u update ur answer with an answer to it? – Rickross Dec 23 '17 at 6:08
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    @Rickross they use the word "temporarily banned" to prevent users from thinking that it is a permanent ban. – Bhargav Rao Dec 23 '17 at 8:57
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    haha that does not make sense. Why will the user think that it is permanent when the message also states the duration of the ban? – Rickross Dec 23 '17 at 9:08
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    Yeah, true. That would make a very good question on the main meta. – Bhargav Rao Dec 23 '17 at 9:09
  • I added another paragraph about a question. Hope you don't mind, – Sarvabhouma Apr 28 '18 at 14:07

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