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it's my understanding that new users can't post more than one link, in order to avoid SPAM. I assume the same is true for images. Can/should we as editors override these restrictions for in cases where we feel it's beneficial? For example, adding a second link here or linking the two screen captures here?

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(Yes I realize this is my second [editing][etiquette] question today, please don't beat me!) –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:28
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I'd much rather see questions of clarification on etiquette then someone that sets some jacked up trend that takes months to undo. –  squillman May 19 '10 at 20:46
    
Thanks @squillman that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid, LOL. I believe I'm doing the right thing but am just making sure :-) –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:48

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I'd say, definitely.

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You wouldn't just say, "No"? :-) (Answer will be accepted in 9 minutes) –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:34

Yes, it's fine. As you say, the reason for prohibiting low-rep users from posting links and images is fear of spam. If you read the question and decide that it's okay to post the link/image, then there's no fear of the link/image being part of a scripted spam attack*.

*Unless you are Skynet, in which case we have bigger problems anyways.

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How did you know I am Skynet??? Obligatory xkcd –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:49
    
Oh, yeah, because I want to feed your already-significant machine learning abilities even more data. Er, that is, I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. –  Pops May 19 '10 at 20:59
    
Syntax Error near "already-significant machine learning abilities" –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 21:11

I believe one drawback to this is that, if the new user then edits their own question, the images or links may be removed again if they still don't have enough Rep to avoid the restrictions.

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Will they? If so, is that a bug? –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:50
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There was an issue that turned up a few weeks back, where a user's post had a link, and it was closed as a duplicate which blocked that user from being able to edit it without either removing his own link, or the duplication link. –  Grace Note May 19 '10 at 20:53

No

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Dang, right when I ran out of votes. –  Lance Roberts May 19 '10 at 20:32
    
LOL @voyager. And I was trying to find a clever way to say nothing but "Why" in a comment, and beat the 15 char minimum! –  The Unhandled Exception May 19 '10 at 20:33
    
@Josh: providing all possible answers for a question is a tradition ;) –  perbert May 19 '10 at 20:43

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