Here is what happened (I suspect it might be a bug, and I'd like it not happen again):

your account has been automatically suspended for posting inappropriate content and cannot chat for 29 minutes.

For those who have appropriate privileges, here is the link to the message:


It says:

Stéphane said (9:48 PM): Perso, j'ai adopté ⊆ pour l'inclusion large, ⊂ pour l'inclusion stricte et je slape tout individu qui fait autrement.

Stack Exchange deleted this message (9:57 PM)

In this message slape was a Frenchified slap. As far as I know, even in English, neither slap or slape could be considered foul language?

Why was this message considered inappropriate? Was it an automatic decision? A human mistake? A bug?

  • We're on it. I don't see anything inappropriate there, but I can't figure out what happened. Are you unbanned already? I can't find any applicable button in your chat profile. Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 22:33
  • @Giles: I'm unbanned (but the 29 minutes have elapsed anyway). Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 22:36
  • @Gilles It's under "moderation tools". The "suspend this user" section is replaced with an unsuspend button during the suspension time.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 5:19
  • @downvoter: care to give some reason at least? Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 8:11
  • Human error, shit happens. How mystical you may have perceived it at that moment, once one knows about flagging in chat, "suspended for posting inappropriate content" seems pretty clear. Imho, and I vote with mho, that's not interesting. I did give a shot at such now-stupid questions (no offense meant), but I'm oh so very tempted to delete it (the bonus "Disciplined" badge makes the temptation unbearable, so here basically I'm helping you leave it :P) Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 23:03

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I can't see any more information than you, except that there has been one offensive flag on this message. I can't see who cast the flag or who marked it as valid. The validated flag caused an automatic 30 min suspension.

I don't see any inappropriate content in your message. So, whoever flagged this and whoever marked it as valid: please don't do it again. (Mods may not be able to tell who you are, but Stack Exchange staff certainly can!)

Sorry about that. Don't hesitate to ping a moderator on Meta if it happens again.


According to our technical overlords, I am guilty of the flagging, and thus of the ban. I swear I have not done this intentionally and I humbly apologize for the disagreement it caused.

Seriously, I don't have a clue on how I flagged this. I will offer a sacrifice to the god of technical issues in order to prevent any future occurrence of this.

  • You were probably trying to answer my message at the time. Maybe the UI could be improved a little bit to prevent almighty users to accidentally cast bans. Anyway thanks for telling this, I was pretty much confused at understanding what had happened. Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 15:41

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