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I know whether an user asks few questions and these are highly downvoted, then the system will not allow him to post more questions (for a while?).

But what's going on if an user has many questions closed as off-topic?

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    $\begingroup$ AFAIK the precise criteria are not made public (to make it harder to work around them), but it seems plausible "closed" is taken into account but I do not know. Yet at least it is taken into account for the "positive question record" as mentioned in the "socratic" badge description, which may or may not be a clue. (AFAIK most such bans are temporary.) This should be the standard reference. $\endgroup$ – quid Mar 23 '16 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ @quid The reference is somewhat outdated: it predates rolling question limits that are now the first, and probably main, line of defense. Anecdotally (from a conversation that I can't find now), a closed question is about as bad as a question scoring -1. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Mar 23 '16 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ @404 thanks for the update. The "anecdotally" seems compatible with the analogy with "positive question record" where a closed q (with non-neg score) is as bad as a negative scored q. $\endgroup$ – quid Mar 24 '16 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ @quid btw, other than the question limits, which is based on a window, the quality ban is permanent, as in if you can't submit good content. $\endgroup$ – Braiam Mar 28 '16 at 0:17

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