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I was improving some of my old posts on Stack Overflow when I ended up encountering this:

You have already edited 5 of your own post today; futher edits are not allowed until tomorrow

I know this it is not a major deal, but what's the logic underneath to this restriction?

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Some of your edits aren't very good improvements (IMO). For example, this one, where you abused the code formatting to highlight every other word with code blocks. Just because you're using a technical term, doesn't mean it needs code formatting. –  nickb Feb 1 '13 at 18:52
    
@nickb Thanks for the advice, I was trying to make the text less "raw", but yes abusing of the highlight it is not good either. I think I will stay for trying to improve the english. –  dreamcrash Feb 1 '13 at 18:57

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It's to prevent rage-quits.

There have been multiple cases of people rage-quitting by deleting or vandalizing their own posts.

So the simple solution is to rate-limit it. Anyone who deletes or edits 5 of their own old posts in a single day will be blocked and then automatically flagged for moderator attention.

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Well thought out, was not imagining such scenario. –  dreamcrash Feb 1 '13 at 18:46
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The lesson being: If you rage-quit, vandalize other people's posts. No limits there. –  lunboks Feb 1 '13 at 19:07
    
@lunboks haha nice commented, couldn't hold the laugh :D. –  dreamcrash Feb 1 '13 at 21:12
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Well, I believe that most people are not so cruel. As well, I'm sure that if necessary, the tech team could revert all your actions in a given period of time if there was a reason to do so. –  tohecz Feb 1 '13 at 23:53
    
@tohecz: you're almost certainly right, but those rate-limits are not here to stop "most people". They are here to stop the very small fraction of people that will do nasty stuff when they rage-quit. –  Joachim Sauer Feb 2 '13 at 10:31

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