I’m asking because I noticed a member who has asked five questions, all of which have been significantly downvoted (on average, worse than -7), but who has not received a ban. I thought that members who consistently ask badly-received questions got some temporary suspension of their right to ask more questions.

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    $\begingroup$ No, the criteria are not public, to mitigate people gaming the b mechanism. It's worth examining how out of line those scores are with respect to the historical record, though. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Sep 26 '19 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ How do you know they have not received an automatic question ban? The automated bans are not suspensions (the users can still vote, edit, etc., just not ask (or answer in the case of answer bans)) and are not visible to non-moderators on the user profile. $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Sep 26 '19 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ The other thing to know about the automatic bans is that when first imposed they time-out. Affected users can simply wait long enough and try again. Though I don't recall seeing it in black and white, I assume that they time-outs get longer if the ban is re-imposed. $\endgroup$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Sep 26 '19 at 18:32
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/6116/2451 $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Sep 26 '19 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ @ACuriousMind Thanks, I didn’t understand the distinction but now I do. $\endgroup$ – G. Smith Sep 26 '19 at 18:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic I agree that this should be closed as a duplicate of that. Ugh. Now I’ve asked a bad question! $\endgroup$ – G. Smith Sep 26 '19 at 18:42
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    $\begingroup$ @G.Smith Four more to go ;-) $\endgroup$ – AccidentalFourierTransform Sep 26 '19 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ ...what is both a weak and an unfair concept. Security by obscurity, wonderful. $\endgroup$ – peterh Sep 27 '19 at 17:46

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