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If you actually, truly and honestly believe that there was an abuse of moderator power, the appropriate thing to do would be to contact the SE staff using the contact us link found in the footer of every page of math.se and meta.math.se. Site moderators do not have access to messages sent to the SE team in this way. I believe you can also email them at team@...


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Note: This answer has undergone a severe edit. Some comments below may now appear to be non sequiturs. The following is based on my (admittedly limited) experience of being a moderator here on math.SE. Having many posts flagged would not itself warrant a suspension. Otherwise some rogue group of users could start flagging every post by, say, Brian M. ...


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There are no hard rules with suspensions, there are guidelines, but moderators can deviate from them based on the particular situation. The official guideline from SE on suspension lengths is to start with 7 days for the first suspension, 30 days for the second and 365 days for the third suspension. In most cases there are warnings about the behaviour issued ...


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There is a reason why moderators here are humans (I have only met one other moderator, but the assumption seems to be sensible) and not machines. Do you want to be suspended because another user wants to and simply flags your posts for no reason? Suspended users are free to state publicly why they were suspended after their suspension ends. It is not always ...


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Is the suspension of the new account given as a first offense (i.e., a couple of days), or do the moderators continue from the previous account? It depends on the type of offense. Say the user was suspended for being rude on his old account, and had a 7 day and then a 30 day suspension. Then a new account comes, and the user is again rude. This would ...


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There is no option "permanent suspension" thus a very long suspension is used as a substitute for it. The reason why there is no option "permanent suspension" is likely that it is too rare to be worth implementing and the workaround works well enough. The maximal length of a standard ban is one year.


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Makoto Kato: You wanted community to respond to the question whether you were abused by the moderators. Look at the voting on your question: 6 votes say that you were, 24 votes say that you were not. That is the answer from the community (may be not final yet). My friendly advice. Concentrate on the math. In meta you only aggravate people. If you can manage ...


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Check the Database for Suspended Users, but be aware that DB dumps are not the same as real time.


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Your question brings up a few points that I want to clarify, ranging from philosophical to rather technical. I'll try to keep it as brief as possible. Suspensions are a tool available to moderators that allow them to resolve disruptions with the least amount of intervention possible. While the system recommends a length at which they might suspend a user, ...


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The basic idea of account suspensions is laid out in Jeff Atwood's announcing blog post A Day in the Penalty Box. They are timed periods during which the account cannot interact with the site in any way, save passively reading. These are given by site moderators (which includes SE employees) to users who have exhibited a tendency towards disruptive and/or ...


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I thank Makoto Kato for letting us know what moderator actions were taken. Note that the moderators themselves maintain a policy of not publicizing actions taken to discipline community members. Some of us feel you (Makoto Kato) pursued a strategy in 2012 for gaining reputation by pleading unfair downvoting on Meta. The asymmetry of points for "balancing" ...


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This appears to be just the way things work. The "parent user" of your chat account is your physics.SE account, and you are currently suspended from physics.SE. Because of this conflagration, this means that you are also banned from chat: all chatrooms hosted by the chat server.1 Had it been your math.SE account that was suspended, then you'd be able to ...


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The user in question has said: I do not participate on this site any longer, except to respond to comments regarding my own text, if that text is unavailable in another form. I do not accept the political moderation atmosphere here, it is not compatible with open science. Unfortunately, this seems to be a recurring pattern on such sites--- they grow with ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the fact that there is no list of currently suspended users accessible to normal users is a conscious design choice. See the following MSO questions: How do I see a list of all suspended users? How do I figure out who's been banished to the penalty box recently? (To check whether a specific user is suspended you can check ...


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Here are a few things that will get you in trouble: Gaming the reputation system. You can't make more than one MSE account and have your accounts shower upvotes upon each other to gain reputation. Similarly, you can't make a deal with another user to shower upvotes upon one another to gain reputation. (So, don't give all your upvotes to just a couple ...


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I was not really active on this site for most of the story but I watched part of it from a distance, here is my take. To answer the question as asked: no, I do not think this is an abuse of moderator powers. But, it is in my opinion true that you were treated quite harshly on occasions (not so much by the moderators but by part of the community), likely ...


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Is this is a moderator only action? Yes. There are also some automatic bans for specific task, but a general account ban is mod only. Does the user need to be flagged. No. Of course, it can happen that a user's post is flagged for some issue and then the account gets banned as a consequence, but it is neither needed nor desirable to flag a user for ...


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I fixed it for you, it requires a moderator to force-refresh your chat profile. (Note: deleting would not have worked. The unsuspension is pinged over to chat when it happens, IIRC, and if you deleted your Physics while your parent was Physics, it would be even harder to switch it over.)


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There is no dedicated feature for this on SE, but there are varied general purpose tools to block you from using certain sites. Yet, if you want, we can just suspend you for the period of time you request. Just state for how long. You can edit your about me first saying that you were suspended on your request to avoid the misconception that you were ...


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The accounts meta and main are in a way two sides of the same coin, one cannot have one without the other. They are also 'linked' in other aspects, e.g., display name. Is this good? Well, it certainly could be different. It was different in the old days on SO and MO. The meta was separate, and the main Meta exists as a standalone site to this day. Two ...


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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 ...


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