On March 10, 2023, I received a 30-day suspension due to, according to one moderator, low-quality questions. I am puzzled because:

  1. I had only 2 questions over the 30 days prior to the suspension, as it can be seen on my profile.
  2. Out of these 2 questions, one was well received and the second one was closed by 1 moderator (the same who suspended me. I tried to improve the closed question, but the moderator wouldn't respond to my request for help to understand how I can improve the question. I had also asked on Meta, but I was still not told how I could show research for that question.

The entire message explaining the suspension also mentions the following questions that I posted in January 2023:

The 3 questions, which were typically upvoted, were closed in March because the same moderator had unilaterally decided, after my questions were posted, that showing research in a question is now a requirement.

Why did I receive a 30-day suspension because of questions closed by a new policy introduced after the questions were posted?

I first asked this question privately as a response to my suspension message, but I didn't receive any response, hence this Meta post following the standard SE procedure.

Here is the entire message explaining the suspension:


We're writing in reference to your Web Applications Stack Exchange account:


We really want you to have a good experience here, and the first step to that is making sure that questions you submit are clear, on topic and provide all of the information someone would need to answer. You may have noticed that questions you’ve asked weren’t well received by the community; they were downvoted and closed.

Specifically, we would like to highlight these questions:

There are a number of potential reasons for this and we’d like to help you diagnose exactly what’s happening. Questions may be downvoted and closed because they fit one of our closure criteria, or are of the type that we’d prefer users refrain from asking. While we’re excited that you’re contributing, we ask that you please take some time to read the information linked below - prior to asking another question - in order to assure the best possible experience (both for yourself, and also for other community members):

Your account has been temporarily suspended for 30 days. While you’re suspended, your reputation will show as 1 but will be restored once the suspension ends.

Web Applications Stack Exchange Moderation Team

and here's my private response to the moderator, which got ignored:

My questions aren't badly received by the community (they've attracted millions of visitors). Instead, some of them are closed by Ruben, because they don't show research, which is a new requirement announced less than one month ago.

I've only posted 2 questions since this new "show research" requirement was announced: one question shows research and the other question doesn't show research, but I don't know how to show research for it. I've asked in the comment section of the question, then on Meta, but I was not told how I could show research for that question.

How can I show research for that question? I'd be happy to follow your guidance but I really don't know what I can say to show my research. I searched the question on Google, and looked at slack.com/help, but I didn't see any answer. So what should I say in the question to show my research? My search queries? URLs I looked at? etc.

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    Given that your issues appear to be primarily with actions I've taken, I feel it's most appropriate to have our other moderators take a look at the situation prior to a response being posted on this question. I've notified them that their attention is desired here, but can't control when they receive the notification and when are available to spend time on this issue. So, there may be a considerable delay prior to you getting a response here, potentially days.
    – Rubén Mod
    Apr 15 at 17:36
  • Please also keep in mind that you posted this question at the start of the weekend, which is likely to result in an even longer delay in response.
    – Rubén Mod
    Apr 15 at 17:37
  • @Rubén noted, thanks! Apr 15 at 18:38

1 Answer 1


I have reviewed the actions taken on your account and agree with Ruben.

You should refrain from reposting questions that have been deleted for being low quality or having no answers.

The correct course of action is to edit the questions to provide more information, vote to undelete yourself (if you are able) and if in extremis flag the question for moderator attention. However, this last action isn't likely to result in the question being undeleted as we're not necessarily subject matter experts and unless the improved question is now exemplary it's likely to remain deleted.

Suspending a user is drastic, but can be required to make sure that the undesirable behaviour stops and the user takes notice. The fact that you persisted in this behaviour after your first warning suggests that you haven't taken our message on board and so a second suspension is warranted.

If you think the criteria for deleting unanswered questions with low views are too strict then the correct course of action is to raise that here on meta as a question suggesting that the criteria are relaxed. The community can then discuss this and come to a conclusion and we can approach the community managers with our suggestions.

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    Thanks for the answer. "You should refrain from reposting questions that have been deleted for being low quality or having no answers." which question are you referring to? None of the questions in the mod message were reposts. I haven't done a single repost in 2023 before the suspension. My last repost was at least 6 months before the suspension. The mod message doesn't mention any issue with reposts. Apr 19 at 16:14
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    @FranckDernoncourt You have made one repost very recently: How can I view the channels that I have been added to recently on Slack?
    – Rubén Mod
    Apr 19 at 16:18
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    @Rubén which repost did I make before the suspension? As for the repost after the suspension, I had added the details you wanted. It is ok to repost questions that were deleted by Roomba when adding new element to the question. But let's focus on the suspension here. You've given incorrect information to Chris. Which repost did I make before the suspension? Apr 19 at 16:18
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    Of course there is no replies to my question "Which repost did I make before the suspension?", because I haven't made such reposts within 6 months before the suspension. The answer is calumnious. I don't understand why mods aren't able to explain the suspension. Apr 20 at 1:22
  • @ChrisF I haven't made such reposts within 6 months before the suspension. Why do you state I got suspended because of reposts? Apr 25 at 17:31

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