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I just attempted to ask my first question ever on Stack Overflow, but the system told me

Sorry, you are only allowed to ask 50 questions in a 30 day period

What can I do about this?

EDIT from comments:
Aarghhh... I have a public IP, but it goes through a proxy and the IP gets rewritten. Is there some way SO could determine my posting authorization based on my login credentials and not IP? Maybe a whitelist to which users can be added after raising Meta posts like this one and confirming their registration? For now, I will take my questions to another forum.

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Have you created any other accounts on Stack Overflow before? –  Chris Frederick Aug 16 '11 at 22:30
    
Have you deleted any questions? –  JNK Aug 16 '11 at 23:12
    
Are you connecting through a proxy? –  Anna Lear Aug 16 '11 at 23:19
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Awww, sucks when the IP catches up with you. –  Uphill Luge Aug 16 '11 at 23:59
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What Hans is saying: You probably share an IP with other SO users, and from this IP it's already 50 questions. –  Hendrik Vogt Aug 17 '11 at 6:40
    
Or you've asked 50 questions from another account, which would have the same IP address as this new account you created. –  Cody Gray Aug 17 '11 at 9:27
    
Aarghhh.. I have a public IP but its going through a proxy and the IP is being re-written. Is there somehow stackoverflow site would be able to determine based on the login credentials and not the IP, maybe a white-list to which users can be added after raising a meta-post and confirming their registration. For now will take my doubts to another forum –  jwookie Aug 17 '11 at 14:33
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@jwookie If you want more responses, update your question with this new information. I'd actually be interested in knowing what, if any, recourse is available for people who haven't done anything wrong but are being blocked from Stack Overflow simply because they are behind a proxy that is rewriting IP addresses. –  Chris Frederick Aug 17 '11 at 18:05
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I have a public IP

I suggest you use that public IP. It will be an uphill battle to convince Stack Exchange that a proxy IP should be whitelisted.

Alternately, use a proxy, or create your own with a free webhost that supports PHP.

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The underlying nature itself is that of "identifying trusted identities". Sites like craigslist, ebay etc have similar issues. Words that the website uses like "high quality posts" is hard to quantify in Maths thus in program. I am sure given the selective domain and the huge collection of posts in the website there can be relations and data be mined for accepting posts and then this can be tuned. Any takers? –  jwookie Aug 17 '11 at 21:11
    
@jwookie As you probably noticed Stack Overflow optimizes for answers, not questions. We have a multitude of questions. So, quite frankly, unless someone presents a compelling case to go to all the work you suggest, they aren't going to spend time to do so when they have a solution that works well enough for the purpose at hand. –  Adam Davis Aug 17 '11 at 21:29
    
Makes sense to think from "optimizes for answers" POV. The case itself could be worthy of some serious thought to trusted identities but then again its more of a research question. Thanks guys for the comments. –  jwookie Aug 19 '11 at 16:29
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