Just checked his profile page:


and it says "This account is temporarily suspended for rule violations. The suspension period ends in 5 days."

Why is that?

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    $\begingroup$ Only one person can answer this question: Mhenni Benghorbal. The moderators are not at liberty to disclose specific information regarding suspensions. (And I believe the Stack Exchange employees are also so limited.) $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 7 '14 at 5:06
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    $\begingroup$ But your question could also be understood as a more general question: What are possible reasons why a user can be suspended? in such case, see Suspension Reasons. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak May 7 '14 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ Hopefully he will see this question and tell us why he was wrongly suspended then. $\endgroup$ – user85798 May 7 '14 at 5:58
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    $\begingroup$ I am curious how you, without any knowledge of the situation (you basically admitted as much in the question), could have decided that the user was "wrongly suspended". $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong May 7 '14 at 8:18
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    $\begingroup$ @WillieWong Because he is a professor... $\endgroup$ – user85798 May 7 '14 at 8:21
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    $\begingroup$ Last I checked, "not violating rules on math.SE" is not a prerequisite for appointment to any job. I fail to see the relevance of what he does for a living to this discussion. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong May 7 '14 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ @WillieWong: I imagine that someone who has violated the rules on (math.)SE would have a difficult time becoming a Community Manager with SE. But I guess that's slightly beside the point. ;-) $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 7 '14 at 8:52
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    $\begingroup$ Sometimes professors, even math professors, behave badly. $\endgroup$ – user642796 May 7 '14 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ @ArthurFischer One of my favorite things is the first footnote in this paper. $\endgroup$ – user61527 May 8 '14 at 0:16
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    $\begingroup$ Dear @Willie: as far as I can see the OP did not claim that the user was "wrongly" suspended . The question seems in good faith to me and may very well arise out of genuine curiosity (anyway I give the OP the benefit of the doubt). $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg May 8 '14 at 11:01
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    $\begingroup$ @GeorgesElencwajg See the third comment. It was in jest though. $\endgroup$ – user85798 May 8 '14 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ Dear @Oliver: thanks for the clarification. And apologies to Willie for my confusion of your comment with the OP's question. $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg May 8 '14 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ @T.Bongers Bwahaha, very good footnote :) $\endgroup$ – rschwieb May 8 '14 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ BTW @Oliver: I see no evidence that he is in fact currently a professor. As a professor, I make no claims to be beyond reproach, and certainly MhenniB and I have squabbled numerous times, particularly when he made hasty and wrong or unhelpful posts. $\endgroup$ – Ted Shifrin May 9 '14 at 22:13

As mentioned in the comments, only the person who was suspended can answer this question at this point due to privacy issues.

That said: It is unreasonable to assume that professors are "immune" to the faults that warrant suspension. While some forums may only suspend active "spammers," Math.SE moderators (or the system itself, I believe) can suspend users for many reasons aside from blatant off-topic posts.


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