On a certain meta user's profile, I see:

Meta suspension

On the main site user profile I see:

Main site suspension

Why is the reason not shown on meta?

  • I know downvotes happen for any and every reason but I am genuinely curious why reporting an apparent bug results in a downvote. Jan 20, 2016 at 21:36
  • @Oded - re your tag change; are you saying this is by design and not a bug? Can you explain why? Jan 21, 2016 at 10:49
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    Pretty much for the reasons outlined in the answer by Jason. Suspensions do not happen on child-meta sites, only on the parent site (which the child-meta is synced with), but the actual reason only lives on the site that the suspension occurred on.
    – Oded
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:01
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    A one year suspension. That's certainly quite the cool down period.
    – Ellesedil
    Jan 22, 2016 at 6:38

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This (probably) isn't a bug.

This issue was raised recently on MSE; in a comment on one of the answers, animuson said:

The message didn't change. You were probably looking at your profile on Meta, which doesn't retrieve the sub-reason from the parent site and just doesn't display one.

I'm honestly not sure whether this is considered a bug or a by-design. The most sensible reason I can see for it being by-design is that Meta and Main site data are stored in separate databases, so it's expensive to peek into one from the other; this is why you can't track the meta badges in the new badge tracker thingy.

Then again, this wouldn't be a real-time update, but a single query that could easily be massively cached (not sure how often a suspension reason changes mid-suspension, or if that's possible). So it may be a bug, or it may be a future feature that's not too high on the priority list, or it may just be something the team isn't interested in bothering with.

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