This user has been asking a series of ill-formatted question showing no effort whatsoever, and he (or she) does not even seem to answer any comment posted. Moreover, at least one question has been asked multiple times. I think it is fair to qualify the actions of this user as inappropriate, and in opposition to MathSE's values (to say the least). My question: what should we do? Do we simply ignore its questions (this doesn't seem very constructive)? Should the user be banned for some time? What are your suggestions?

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    $\begingroup$ So much for not naming names! (I couldn't care less; identifying a user by their [user]name is just an inconsistently supported/opposed practice on meta...) $\endgroup$ Commented May 29, 2012 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ What is interesting is how he has been a member for 17 days (and even asked a question a few days ago.) You would think he would pick up some of the rules over time, since two and a half weeks is a reasonable amount of time. $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ I think there are also some automated features of the platform that eventually block a user from asking questions entirely if they consistently post low-quality questions, but the exact metrics for it are not public, since that could facilitate gaming the system. $\endgroup$
    – Isaac
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 2:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Isaac That automatic system is only active on a few sites, it is not enabled here as far as I know. $\endgroup$
    – user9733
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ @MadScientist: Yeah, I think you're right... though if it's active on even a few sites, I'd expect it to be active here—based on this, we're the third-busiest SE site by rate at which questions are asked, behind only SO and AskUbuntu. $\endgroup$
    – Isaac
    Commented May 30, 2012 at 17:46
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    $\begingroup$ We're behind AskUbuntu? Man...I hadn't realised free-loading was so popular! $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 8:55

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The user has been suspended for 7 days. This is the standard length of time for a first serious issue (and this qualifies as a serious issue).

  • $\begingroup$ So if I understand correctly, the standard protocol for this situation is to let the moderators suspend (or not) the user. Is there something a non-moderator like can or should do? $\endgroup$
    – M Turgeon
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 19:15
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    $\begingroup$ There are various things you can do: leave a helpful comment, downvote, vote to close if it gets bad, and flag a moderator if it gets really bad. $\endgroup$ Commented May 29, 2012 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ So this is the user's first suspension? The previous time they stopped asking questions for a while (and the same questions were reasked by a different account, I assumed this was due to a suspension. $\endgroup$ Commented May 29, 2012 at 22:02

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