I've seen quite a few experienced veterans getting suspended recently on Ask Ubuntu... As I'm an old, grouchy, grumpy, cranky geek, I'm starting to get worried...

Is this a new script running that proactively gives everyone a "suspend score" and when the threshold is met just bans someone?

Or will we still be contacted by a human first and only get suspended under the "Three strikes and you're out" regime?

What the hell is going on???

I'm genuinely worried now!

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    Why does this (valid) question receive (currently) five downvotes ? I'm having absolutely no idea ... anyway : +1 from me for the grouchy, grumpy, cranky "old fart" and ... +1 for the answer from @terdon he accepted. :)
    – cl-netbox
    Dec 22, 2018 at 18:27
  • @cl-netbox Thank you! :-)
    – Fabby
    Dec 22, 2018 at 21:16
  • +1 from me as well. I'm not sure what users you are referring to but I suspect I know of one. Your question doesn't single people out (neither does the answer) so it seems like a good question to me :) Dec 23, 2018 at 17:06

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There is nothing new going on. Users are suspended when they do things that are in blatant violation of the site's rules. And yes, a suspension will always be given out by a human and you have the ability to respond to the human.

The mods, and SE, do not give suspensions lightly over nothing. I cannot discuss the details of any specific suspension, but I can tell you that when someone is suspended, everyone on the mod team is made aware of it and the suspension is usually (except in blatant cases where a discussion isn't even needed) discussed by multiple mods and we decide what to do together.

So you can rest assured that when you see a suspension, there have always been humans involved in that decision. You can also rest assured that the mod team is either behind the suspension or, in the case of network-wide suspensions which can only be doled out by SE staff, aware of it and in agreement with it.


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