At Stack Exchange, asking questions is a privilege, not a right. If a user cannot demonstrate, after asking a reasonable number of questions, that their contributions are making the site better (or at very least, not making it worse) then they will be blocked from asking further questions until they have demonstrated their ability to contribute positively.
Users who are banned from asking questions see the following error message when trying to post a new question:
We are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more.
Question bans do not affect other privileges, such as commenting or voting, and there is no indication to the rest of the community that a particular user has been banned.
How can I get out of a question ban?
Begin by improving your existing questions: do as much as possible to make them clear, specific and on-topic.
The ban will be lifted automatically by the system when it determines that your positive contributions outweigh the cost of those questions which were poorly received.
Stack Exchange cannot lift question bans by request.
Edit all of your questions, paying special attention to those that score 0 or less. All questions are expected to be useful to future visitors, so put effort into writing with proper grammar and spelling, formatting your post so it can be read easily, and providing as much detail as possible about your problem and what you have already tried. Then write a title that summarizes your problem so that others encountering the exact same issue can find it. Reading your question out loud to yourself can help you understand what it sounds like to others.
Here are some additional tips for writing good, useful questions:
- How do I ask a good question? from our Help Center
- Writing the perfect question by Jon Skeet
- How to Ask Questions The Smart Way by Eric S. Raymond
- Getting Answers by Mike Ash
To learn about formatting your post on Stack Exchange:
- Read our formatting help
- Read How do I format my code blocks?
- Experiment for yourself in the formatting sandbox
Does the ban last forever?
If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new one 6 months after your last question. Your ban is immediately reinstated once that question is posted, but a single question could be enough to lift you out of the block.
If you see a similar message when trying to post an answer, please see our guidance on what to do about answer bans.