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I have been trying to post a question for the last 15 minutes.

Stackoverflow requires tagging, but it prohibited me from using tags since I'm a new user.

Thus, I posted the test question -- and was penalized with 7 down votes!

(1) Why won't Stackoverflow let me post the question (it has one link in it)? Do I need to register or do something to ask questions with one link and over a certain length?

(2) How can I regain the lost rep points ... I was just testing to see if I could post even a basic question and planned to delete it right afterwards!

Very frustrated!

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You can't create new tags (ones that haven't been used in a question by anyone else before). Maybe you could provide some more information? Are you getting any errors when you try to post? –  Jasarien Jul 18 '09 at 21:19
He might not have found his way to meta. :-) –  Nosredna Jul 18 '09 at 23:29
Yeah, that was my thought too. The editor actually gives reasons why a post is not accepted, you just have to look for them (I was actually missing out on them the first few times myself). –  ThomasH Aug 2 '09 at 21:39

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My first day on Stackoverflow was hell because I felt I wasn't allowed to do the things I needed to do to ask a question. I can't remember exactly what, but I remember the frustration.

And I lost reputation when I couldn't edit (or couldn't figure out how to edit) my question and elaborated in an answer.

The happiest day in my SO life was when I got enough reputation to edit questions. Especially the ones where people had confused "it's" with "its."

It seems like the first time SO sees you, it assumes you are a scoundrel and a thief.

Don't worry, day 2 will be better. Day 1 does suck. We empathize.

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I can clap with one hand, as well ( large hand run in the family ) –  Brad Gilbert Jul 18 '09 at 21:25
Really? Aside from you and one of my daughters, I've not had the dubious pleasure of meeting someone else who could do it. –  Nosredna Jul 18 '09 at 21:27
It's sad you cannot remember why it was hell. This info would be needed here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/481/… –  Ladybug Killer Jul 18 '09 at 22:14
It would be pretty easy to capture the day 1 experience of users. Just ask them on the second day what went wrong for them on the first day. I wouldn't be surprised if we scared a lot of newbies. Hopefully, they'll just read the site for awhile and get their bravery back. –  Nosredna Jul 18 '09 at 23:00
Good idea, Nosredna. Please post it as answer to the question I linked above. –  Ladybug Killer Jul 20 '09 at 6:45
I can clap with one hand also, but Steven A. Lowe says it doesn't count if you have to wave your hand wildly to get it to clap. –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 15:04
Define "wildly." –  Nosredna Aug 3 '09 at 22:13
some moderate scaring of newbies is desirable, though; it weeds the people out who aren't willing to put in some effort. "I run across kids all the time who say they want to be a great musician. I tell them I can help, and tell them to show up at my studio at 9am if they're serious. Almost nobody ever does. It's how I weed out the really serious ones from the kids who are just talk." is.gd/5vZs5 –  Jeff Atwood Dec 21 '09 at 10:38

You have 2 questions on SO and both seems to have posted fine. I can't remember but I think there was a restriction that new users could only post links once they have reached 15 or 50 reputation points. The rest of the reputation limits are in the official FAQ. I would suggest you read it first.

Edit As mentioned by Marc the 3rd question was deleted. It therefore seems the problem was the link you tried to include in the question.

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He has 3... one got deleted. –  Marc Gravell Jul 18 '09 at 21:23
Thanks Marc - Only realised afterwards –  Diago Jul 18 '09 at 21:25

Your test post unfortunately attracted enough "spam" flags (from other users) to get deleted. It was perhaps an unfortunate coincidence that we've had a persistent troll who regularly posts things involving "asdfasdf" that your post (titled "adsfsadfasdfsadf", content "aasdfasdfasdfasdf") got jumped on.

Re getting the points back; I don't think you can reclaim the points incurred from hitting the "spam" threshold. That is unfortunate.

There is indeed a restriction on posting links until you have a little rep; this is to prevent spam/advertising/etc from anonymous accounts.

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You need more rep to able to create new tags but you can instead choose tags that comes close. You should check the FAQ where this is explained in detail.

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