wax eagle pointed out to me that question-banning is likely turned off on RPG.SE, since it's off by default and has to be turned on by a mod. The reasoning is apparently that on smaller sites such problem users will be handled personally by mods before a question ban would ever kick in.
I see no reason for this setting to ever be turned off, because in any given case:
- either mods will step in before it would trigger, making the "on" or "off" setting irrelevant for that case, or
- the site's users' voting behaviour will meet the difficult-to-reach threshold for a question ban before the mods step in, in which case it would be really justified.
The only effect that having it "off" would have is a question-banning not happening despite it being really justified. Yes, mods probably would/should take care of it once it was so clearly justified, but why not turn it on anyway then and have that backup?
- The role of moderators is to step in when the system can't take care of a problem itself, and question-banning is clearly something that the system can take care of by itself.
- It would also free the mods up from having to take direct action against a user personally, which can be ironically harder on a small, close-knit SE like this one. Let the impersonal algorithm take care of the well-meaning but hopelessly-incompetent askers.