I have asked poorly worded questions, and read a few meta-questions about being banned from asking questions (i.e. if you are banned from asking, undelete your questions and edit to get upvotes for the automatic reinstatement of question privileges).

If I am banned from asking questions, can I still answer questions?

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    $\begingroup$ FYI, currently you're neither blocked from asking nor from answering. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 22:46

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In general, yes. Question-bans and answer-bans are almost independent (good answers can help to some extent to lift or avoid a question-ban and vice versa, but the greatest role is played by the posts of the affected type). But if your answers are also poorly received, you can also be answer-banned.

However, question-bans and answer-bans are nowadays not permanent1 - unless you try really hard - they age away, and mostly are but a rate-limiting. If your questions/answers are poorly received, you will be blocked from asking or answering for a while or limited to ask at most one question per week. If future questions/answers are well-received, that was that. If future questions/answers are also poorly received, you will encounter a new ban, which lasts longer than the previous. But except in extreme cases, that will also expire in a bearable time.

Unlike earlier, undeleting questions to improve them is usually no longer important, the visible content on the site has much greater impact.

1 The old ban was permanent in the sense that it did not expire after a fixed time. However, it was lifted when certain thresholds of the score/total votes on the content were crossed, so it was not absolutely permanent. The new bans expire automatically after some time (at least the first few iterations).

  • $\begingroup$ How did you guess? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ I believe it is still possible to trigger the "perma-bans", but you essentially have to try. In the words of Tim Post, "Yes, it is still possible to encounter a much longer-term block on some larger sites, but you'd need to ignore a lot of help before hitting it." $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 10:54

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