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The Moderation Algorithm needs work.

If the ban is ridiculous or irrational The moderator should lift the ban.

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    But it's not really an irrational ban, is it? The user asked 10 questions, 6 of which have received a significant number of downvotes, and 8 of which are closed. The rationale of the algorithm is that if majority of a user's content is poorly received and needs to be closed or removed, then that user should probably stop posting content for a while. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me, and not a "bug" or "irrational". – user11249 Jul 23 '18 at 13:44
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    @MartinTournoij, Yes, you're right. On an algorithmic level, all resulting decisions are ineluctably 100% rational, barring user input and random number generation. What's irrational is the lazy rationale of blindly applying a banning algorithm designed for computer programming questions to a naturally far more contentious topic like politics in spite of the evidence here that Politics.SE breaks that algorithm. – agc Jul 23 '18 at 14:29
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    I see no evidence that the algorithm is broken; your answer assumes that it is but does not explain why. – user11249 Jul 23 '18 at 16:11
  • @MartinTournoij, The why is that the writings of guest271314 deserve a lot more respect, and a lot less smarm. – agc Jul 24 '18 at 4:12
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    Comments archived. The discussion was going in circles, in a rather unproductive and at points outright rude manner. – yannis Mod Sep 1 '18 at 13:21

This was an automatic question block made by the Stack Exchange algorithm. The details of the algorithm aren't public (we moderators don't know them either). But it usually seems to get triggered when most of the questions of a user got a negative voting scores. This includes questions which got deleted, apparently regardless of whether the question was deleted by the user, by a moderator or by delete-votes from the community. These are all the deleted questions by that user (posted with their permission):

In order to convince the algorithm to lift the block, follow the instructions in the help article you found.

For more information, please read the following questions on the general meta stackexchange:

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    The links do not answer the question – guest271314 Jul 22 '18 at 17:00
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    @guest271314 I'm sorry, but this is all the help I am able to provide. As I said, the details of the algorithm are not known to me either and moderators are unable to lift automatic bans. – Philipp Mod Jul 22 '18 at 17:01
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    @guest271314 I don't see what that would accomplish. They would tell you the exact same thing and/or close this as a duplicate of some other complaint about a question block. – Philipp Mod Jul 22 '18 at 17:08
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    @guest271314 If you want some advise on improving a specific question you posted, please open a new question here on politics meta where you link to that specific question and ask for how it could be improved. Users with high reputation score can view deleted questions if you provide a direct link. – Philipp Mod Jul 22 '18 at 17:14
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    That is the problem. There is only 1 question by this user where the "score" is "0 or less" politics.stackexchange.com/users/recently-deleted-questions/…. What is the purpose of editing deleted and closed questions? How does that make sense? Edited to what? To not ask about the so-called "white race"? Or to not ask about the political construct of "race" at all? Your answer is not clear whatsoever. – guest271314 Jul 22 '18 at 17:20
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    @guest271314 The user got 5 deleted questions with negative voting scores. 1 deleted by the user, 1 deleted by a moderator and 3 which got auto-deleted after they got closed and not edited for a month. Would it be OK if I post links to them? – Philipp Mod Jul 22 '18 at 17:24
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    @guest271314 I added the links. When you would like to ask the community what changes would convince them to undelete these questions and upvote them (or at least remove their downvotes), then please open separate meta-questions for them. – Philipp Mod Jul 22 '18 at 17:33
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    @guest271314 - I'll grant that questions about race and racism are frequently unfairly downvoted. However, questions coming from an objective perspective are often better received than those promoting an agenda (for instance, apologetics for views associated with the Nation of Islam). – Obie 2.0 Jul 22 '18 at 17:34
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    @Philipp Moving forwards, not backwards. Am not interested in "convince the algorithm". There is no spook in the sky or ghost in the machine. Humans write the algorithm. And evidently change the would-be mysterious "algorithm" to satisfy their political interests. If this user cannot ask a question without being banned from asking questions, so be it. Will not alter approach to appease an "algorithm" or one or more humans. – guest271314 Jul 22 '18 at 21:32
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    @Obie2.0 There is a significant different between that question and this user's question. That question asks a simple question: "does the nation of Islam still hold black supremacist beliefs", whereas this user's questions are long, uses overly woolly phrasing, often seem to be making a point (rather than just asking a question), and the questions it asks are often confusing and/or unanswerable. It has little to do with the topics it covers. – user11249 Jul 22 '18 at 23:35
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    @MartinTournoij "whereas this user's questions are long, uses overly woolly phrasing, often seem to be making a point (rather than just asking a question), and the questions it asks are often confusing and/or unanswerable." Your feedback is welcome. However, your argument fails to recognize the possibility that a user other than you does not interpret the questions the same as you, is not bothered by the question length, is not confused by and is capable of answering the question. You can stop reading if you are confused by the question and move on instead of campaigning for closure. – guest271314 Jul 23 '18 at 1:13
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    You can stop reading if you are confused by the question and move on instead of campaigning for closure I'm not "campaigning" for anything @guest271314; I merely cast one close vote. You need five people to close a question, it's entirely possible that the fault is mine is misunderstanding your question, but if several people come to the same conclusion as me, then the problem is probably with your question, and not the five people. – user11249 Jul 23 '18 at 13:38
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    @guest271314 Of course there is the possibility that a user finds it useful. But that's not how communities work. I don't want to dig through a pile of bad questions to find the good ones. That is why poor questions or questions that don't fit this platform are closed and removed. Asking questions is a privilege, not a right. – user11249 Jul 23 '18 at 13:46
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    Can you please try to stay on-topic? Whatever happens on meta.stackoverflow.com isn't relevant for this website. – Philipp Mod Jul 24 '18 at 8:59
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    @guest271314 if there are really people that don't believe that your question should be closed, there are reopen votes. If you get 5 reopen votes then the question will get reopened. If the question is helpful, it would get reopened. The algorithm isn't targeting you. The majority of your questions were deemed unhelpful by the community so the algorithm banned you. – Jake Aug 15 '18 at 19:21

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