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In the FAQ, it is not clear that there is a rep limit before a new user can post URLs. This may lead some people to believe that a newcomer without rep is forgetting linking URLs, may result in unnecessary downvotes or rude comments.

While I think this limit is a good measure to prevent spam, I believe it must be documented. I personally learned it from a comment to a "linkless" answer.

Related: How does "Reputation" work on Stack Overflow?

Documents the reasons for the gains and losses of reputation but not the limitations.

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Drats to the double whammy mod tags. –  random Nov 7 '09 at 2:51

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New user (less than 15 rep) restrictions:

  • new users may not post images
  • new users may only post one URL

New user (less than 50 rep) restrictions:

  • new users may not leave comments

New user (less than 100 rep) restrictions:

  • new users may only post one question every 20 minutes
  • new users may only post one answer every 3 minutes

To lift these restrictions, gain more rep!

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What if they have a by on the use of example.com? Might help them better explain without opening it up for spamming. –  random Sep 9 '09 at 13:29
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New users really should be only able to post one question a DAY. To limit it only to one every 20 minutes sends the message that it's okay to ask lots of questions in rapid succession. Heck, it should take more than 20 minutes to ask a thoughtful question in any case. –  Ether Nov 1 '09 at 20:19
    
@Ether When first encountering the site, one can be tempted to solve long-standing doubts, which does not mean one is is unexperienced or asking her job to be done. –  Wilhelm Nov 7 '09 at 9:12
    
    
Can we make it so that a "new" user is someone with less than 100 rep? It's not hard to gain 15 rep and then become a spammer. –  staticx Sep 13 '11 at 12:10

I am pretty sure it is 10 rep to post a link in your post if you are a new user. I have gone and given up votes to new users precisely for the reason to allow them to post URL's (they had come into the chat room to inquire, and after explaining themselves and reading their question I felt they were deserved an opportunity to post the URLs).

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