A fellow member keeps informing me (in comments in this question https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/13935/7978) that I am leading towards a question ban. Can someone explain why?
Stack Overflow (and I believe Meta Stack Overlow, and possible ServerFault/SuperUser) has an automated question ban that kicks in after a certain threshold is crossed (details aren't public, but it's based on question scores, question closures, and question deletions).
This automated ban does not exist on other Stack Exchange sites (such as this one), so you won't get automatically banned.
However, if this user is suggesting such a thing (probably unaware there isn't one here), it's probably because of a (perceived, at least, but not necessarily real) pattern of issues with your posts. Do you have a lot of closed/deleted questions? Questions with negative votes? If so, I'd encourage you to edit/improve them, but you seem to have several positively received questions, so I'd say it's largely a non-issue.
Bottom line: I don't think you have anything serious to worry about at this point.
Here are the highlights:
Why am I getting this message?
As stated in the about links on every page, the Stack Exchange web sites are question and answer sites, not help forums. This implies that all posts are expected to have some value for later visitors too. To enforce that, and to prevent help vampires making the answerers turn away from the communities, low-quality questions and answers are blocked. This includes posts from:
- users who can't be bothered to form sentences
- users who don't do the most basic kinds of research themselves
- users who barely even explain what it is they are trying to do
An automatic filter is in place to ban questions and/or answers from IP addresses or accounts with a history of extremely poor posts.
To avoid bypassing the filter its internal rules are a secret, but it is partly based on downvotes cast by other members of the communities. If the other members of the site consistently give your posts a low ranking, you should try to identify the reason(s) for this.
Once you have posted too many poorly-received questions or answers, you will be banned from posting more, and you will see the error message.
I cannot speak for the person who made the comment, but my guess is it was because you have a very poor history of success with the questions you ask. Only 2 out of your 11 questions have been acceptable to the community as posted.
- [closed] How does a non team player answer questions about team playing [closed]
- [not closed] how to handle the “tell me a joke” interview question
- [closed] How to effectively deal with interview rejection? [closed]
- [closed/reopened] What alternatives do I have for time-limited code challenges when the schedule interferes with my current job?
- [closed/reopened] Why do interviewers ask “How do you keep abreast of changes in technology”?
- [closed] How to handle “absurd” interview questions? [closed]
- [not closed] What is a Professional way to customize personal note in linkedin
- [closed] How does one search for a job [closed]
- [closed] How can I determine a good way to answer the super powers interview question? [closed]
- [closed/reopened] How can I overcome 'lack of local experience'
- [closed] Elevator etiquette [on hold]
The types of questions that benefit our community as a whole are those that are about real problems, problems that can have a real, measurable impact on your career or the career of another. These are the types of questions that people on Google are searching for because they need an expert answer to a tough problem. This doesn't mean social etiquette questions, such as the elevator question, are off-topic, but the questions should ideally involve something that has an impact on your work, not just be something you're merely curious about.
As Jim mentions, there are no automated bans on this site, but I encourage you to think of the Workplace SE for more serious issues and not just a sounding board for things that are trivial. To bring this site to graduation, we need everyone's help in populating it with content that will help build a larger community of experts, as well as provide the type of answers to tough problems that people are looking for.
With that said, you might be able to edit the elevator etiquette post to highlight a greater importance. For instance, how one behaves in social situations at work can possibly affect promotions, team assignments, and who is considered a valuable asset. Perhaps it's possible that the way one behaves on an elevator may have an effect on these outcomes. You just might have to find a way to highlight that importance in the question so that the community doesn't see it as trivial. Using logic, reason, and good edits will get you much farther than name calling and personal attacks.
Maintaining good quality content on a Stack Exchange site is tough, and it requires patience and understanding from both question askers as well as members of the community.
Hope this helps!