You get a notification about your post being hidden. It is hidden for some time until you edit it, or completly removed.
That is an option which I believe can be setup for Discourse, either on or off.
Auto-closing is a Discourse feature that the admins recently enabled here by default
You might notice that different topics have different auto-close durations, depending on the setting when the topic was created.
The benefit of the feature is that replies to old topics account for a lot of the spam and off-topic posts we get, which currently accounts for a large portion of the moderation work load. Posts that stay open forever also make it hard for old flame wars or contentious arguments to ever really die down, since a single reply is enough to bump the whole thing back to the top of everyone’s attention.
I hope we can find an expiration time that still helps moderators while not being too inconvenient to users. In my experience, by the time a post is about six months idle, the majority of replies are either spam or would be better as a new topic. In cases where they aren’t, it shouldn’t be too hard to link the new topic to the old one, and moderators can even re-open the old topic and merge new threads into it if necessary.
Not necessarily, I often copy icann rules or wikipedia entries for reference. But, if it’s just copy paste with zero value add, like pastes with no interpretation, applicability to a given topic, etc., it likely won’t result in suspension, but naturally folks will tend to pay less attention to those posts.
Not usually, we have zero tolerance for completely off topic spam.
Aside from spam, things like repeatedly pushing other customers to share login details, randomly burying links in posts, and/or intentionally posting incorrect or misleading/off topic information are all things that have resulted in visitors being banned. Ban duration can vary, we opt for 1,000 years, that’s what this forum tool considers forever.