After 6 months the question ban allows 1 redemption question and I asked this question: Can gas be made to block radiation better? Even thought it did not get down votes it still got closed as being unclear. Did the question ban not lift because it did not get up voted then or was it that it got closed? Now that it has 2 up votes does that mean it is now well-received and can the question ban be lifted early?


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Unfortunately, no one outside of the organization (not even moderators) knows what the exact criteria are for receiving a question ban. There are a number of factors that are likely (voting, question closure, deletions, etc.), but it's anyone's guess. The ban can only be lifted by the system.

The question you linked to was not the last one you asked. There is one from November that was deleted by the system. As noted above, I don't know what triggered this recent ban, but these are likely all factors.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you tell me if that could be adjusted to be more lenient? $\endgroup$
    – Muze
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 2:59
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    $\begingroup$ The ban is put in place by and can only be lifted by the system. It is completely automatic, unfortunately. There's nothing really to be done, except for waiting until the ban is lifted. $\endgroup$
    – jonsca
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 3:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Muze There is one thing one can do: Improve the existing questions, get them reopened, undeleted, etc. This is pretty much what you asked already, May I convert one of my ill-received, deleted questions to a completely new one in order to try to work towards lifting my question ban?, but you never followed through. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin-γƒžγƒΌγƒγƒ³ this helps. Thanks you again $\endgroup$
    – Muze
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I remember a recent-ish answer from Shog saying closure isn't all that important, the votes play the most important role. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 14:13

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