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> anshargal, you're shadow banned. His comment is:

[unrelated to topic]

Always wondered, if someone is hellbanned, how come anyone can see it? In other how did you see it and how did you know he was shadow banned?

You can enable showdead in your preferences. You can look a the user's history to figure out why the post might be dead.

That makes sense. Thank you for clearing it up for me. Sorry everyone for the off-topic post.

Maybe you can also explain the term hellbanned and its origin? Neither the FAQ nor the guidelines explain anything... Further, some of these hellbanned comments seem benign?

The name hellban is from Something Awful, but it's a much older idea. The basic problem with banning problem users is that they'll often just register a new account and keep making bad posts. Hellbanning tries to solve this problem by hiding from the user that they're banned; they can continue to post and everything appears to work from their end, but their posts are hidden from all other users. The hope is that eventually they'll get bored with getting ignored and just move on.

A lot of people find this distasteful for obvious reasons, but it's fairly effective. The occasional good posts from hellbanned users (which are the vast minority; most are terrible, spam, or at best noise) are simply a result of that moderators are not perfect.

Thank you!

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