I want to ask a question on electronics.stackexchange.com but the system is not accepting questions from my account anymore.
In help page the way to get out of this question ban is written as:
"The ban will be lifted automatically by the system when it determines that your positive contributions outweigh those questions which were poorly received."
What kind of positive contributions i can make?
1. Does flagging obsolete comments counts for positive contribution?
2. Does editing(e.g. correcting spelling if there is any margin for) other users posts is considered as positive contribution?
3. does voting is +ve contribution?

Can anyone tell what can i do for contributing +vely?

  • \$\begingroup\$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997/… \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Dec 23, 2013 at 16:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ The first thing to do is not write baby talk like "+vely". \$\endgroup\$ Dec 23, 2013 at 21:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop Chak dhai da! \$\endgroup\$
    – user31437
    Dec 23, 2013 at 21:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know what that means. Is that Klingon or something? In any case, you start out with one strike against you if you can't even be bothered to proofread your title. The lower case "i" is thumbing your nose at the reader, so of course they're going to start out with a negative attidude towards you before even reading the first line of your post. Presentation matters. A lot. Until you learn to show some respect, you should continue to be banned. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 25, 2013 at 0:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop These 3 words belong to my language. I always spend some time before posting my question in learning English, but i always make mistakes. I have no intentions to diss anyone. I don't know what Klingon is, i heard it first time from you but i will learn what does it mean. Can you learn 3 words of my language? . \$\endgroup\$
    – user31437
    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @anupam I would very much like to learn other languages (but not Klingon). However, an English-based StackExchange site is not the place to do so. You should make a best-effort to follow conventions here, and you'll receive a warmer reception. (I would do the same on a foreign language site.) \$\endgroup\$
    – JYelton
    Feb 20, 2014 at 3:15

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I don't think you'll get an answer to 1/2/3 as I've seen similar things asked on Meta Stack Overflow that serves as a default meta site for the overall network. The exact rules are kept secret. At the moment the closest question I can find that's not deleted is Do the question and answer ban rules need to be secret? The person with the top-voted answer (Shog9 when not in a Christmas mood) is a Stack Exchange employee.

You could start by taking Olin's advice. I can't view your deleted questions / answers (which count towards the ban as well) but all your content that's been down voted contains numerous spelling and grammar errors, missing spaces, abbreviations and sentences that start in lowercase. Maybe you could copy it into a word processor and use the spelling and grammar feature to help pick up anything you've missed.

As for my personal opinions:

  • Flagging obsolete comments - I'd probably forget that one, in a previous question someone had declined your flag and W5VO said it was a low priority for inactive questions. You'll probably just annoy everyone if you raise a huge number of flags and if too many get declined it'll likely have the opposite effect.

  • I'd consider editing a positive contribution and wouldn't be surprised if they're taken into account in some way. But be careful they're not trivial edits just for the sake of it and they fix everything without introducing new errors otherwise they'll get declined.

  • Who knows if voting counts but it's always nice to up vote if you see good content. Just don't go through and blindly do it on everything on the front page or a particular person, that sort of serial voting gets detected and reversed anyway.

As it's a question ban you could also provide some answers to any questions you find unanswered (or where you feel you can provide a better answer) but make sure they're correct, good quality and don't include any of the problems I've mentioned in the second paragraph.


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