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I asked a question recently which was closed as being too broad. I disagreed with the reasoning, but I understand the position that programmers.SE moderators took on it and I want to ask questions that are less opinion-based. My question is now... if I delete that question, will that remove my question block so I can ask a different question? Or do I need to simply wait it out? Not trying to game the system here, just wondering if deleting it is enough of a "good deed" to terminate the question ban.

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Since this applies to all StackExchange sites, it's covered on Meta StackExchange in this FAQ Q&A. This is the part that answers your question:

Before you do anything else, fix your existing posts! As noted above, down-votes cast by the rest of the community factor into the ban - so the single best thing you can do to get it lifted is to address any objections raised by others. Were your past questions unclear? Did they fail to show any effort on your part? Poorly worded, titled, formatted, and overly long or short? Then fix them!

Note the emphasis on fixing. Do not delete your posts. As explained above, deleted questions (if less than 30 days old when deleted) do still count towards the question ban. Deleting your posts does not help to lift the ban. Only fixing does! Under some conditions you can see a list of your own deleted questions and answers.

If you are banned from asking questions, then writing a few quality answers that get upvoted might enable you to ask questions again. But as the internals of the filter are secret, there is no way to know for sure.

  • In this case, I don't believe the question is fixable, because the core of the question is what was seen as too broad. So I guess, if you can't fix it, the only thing to do is wait? Thanks for the reply. – AmadeusDrZaius Nov 22 '15 at 18:15
  • @AmadeusDrZaius Now that I've looked up the question you're referring to, I would agree that not much can be done to "fix" it. I'm honestly surprised that you got a question ban, considering you had two upvoted, non-closed questions before this one. But as far as I know your only options are waiting and/or writing some good answers instead. – Ixrec Nov 22 '15 at 18:17
  • @lxrec I was surprised by that too. I would think the algorithm needs more than 1/3 bad questions to kick in. But it's only for two days, so not the end of the world. – AmadeusDrZaius Nov 22 '15 at 18:20
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    @AmadeusDrZaius 2/4, there's also this one. That said, I don't disagree the q-ban feels a bit over-eager here. – yannis Nov 22 '15 at 18:26
  • @Yannis Ah, thanks for pointing that out. The ban makes more sense now. Perhaps there should be some way for a user to see how many of their questions have been deleted after the fact; there seems to be way no way of finding deleted questions, or a count of them, from my profile. (Clicking the Recently Deleted Questions doesn't show it.) – AmadeusDrZaius Nov 22 '15 at 18:29
  • @AmadeusDrZaius The question block is surprising to me, too...unfortunately, even as a mod, I can't do anything. But I don't know where you get that it's only 2 days. My understanding is that there is no way to tell how long this block will be in place, since it's all automatic and algorithmic. I do hope it is resolved, though, since you're contributions tend to be positive and you're willing to understand what it takes to make a high quality question here that's useful to you as well as others. – Thomas Owens Nov 22 '15 at 18:29
  • @ThomasOwens I appreciate the sentiment, thanks. Just fyi, when you try to post a new question, the help page includes this line: It's been 1 days since you asked your last question. We ask that you wait 1 days before asking again. That's where the 2 days is from. – AmadeusDrZaius Nov 22 '15 at 18:30
  • @AmadeusDrZaius Did it actually stop you from asking another question today, or was it just asking nicely? – Ixrec Nov 22 '15 at 18:34
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    @ThomasOwens Don't quite remember when this was introduced, but q-blocks are more of a rate limit now (well, at least the first one you hit): programmers.stackexchange.com/help/asking-rate-limited. – yannis Nov 22 '15 at 18:34
  • @lxrec It stops you with a "You've reached your question limit" at the top. Maybe a little overzealous, but I understand the purpose of it. No complaints here. – AmadeusDrZaius Nov 22 '15 at 18:36
  • @Yannis this feature was introduced at SO in mid 2014: Breaking down question blocks - let's talk about rate limits and network wide in Nov 2014: Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide – gnat Nov 22 '15 at 21:58

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