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Why is there a cap of 50 questions per month in I'm sure 70 is pretty reasonable if you ask me, but 50 questions a month is hardly 2 a day.


My proposal is to have a cap of 150 questions in 3 months, instead of 50 questions a month. You guys do know when sometimes we are cracking something way above our ability and we do need alot of help for that project. In this recommendation, its a win-win situation cause the total amount allowed is still 50 questions per month.

Well just my 2cents. Otherwise people would just create 1 more account to use just because once or twice a year they exceed the cap of 50 questions a month.

(You could inform the user that he can only ask 150 questions every 3 months whenever he exceeds 50 questions in a single month)

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I suspect if you're asking two programming questions a day for a month you probably should probably consider attending college/university to learn in a more structured, guided and supported, manner... – David Thomas Apr 30 '11 at 23:44
StackOverflow's Teach Yourself ___ in 21 Days – Anthony Pegram May 1 '11 at 0:33
@Anthony: surely, at two questions a day, it'd be "StackOverflow's Get Someone Else to Teach Yourself ____ in 21 Days" =) – David Thomas May 1 '11 at 0:44
I suggest that, instead of transforming your original question into something completely different, that you instead open a different question altogether and suggest the "150 in 3 months" idea there. By converting your question like you have, you're invalidating the answers people gave that were addressing your original question, and it ends up really muddying the whole thing. – Grace Note May 3 '11 at 18:31
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I upvoted the question because it's valid and deserves an answer, IMO. The answer is likely, as the others indicated in comments, is to disincentivize asking lots of questions. A main goal of SO, as I understand it, is to help make better programmers, and you don't become a better programmer by getting others to solve your problems or do your research. When you're making a good-faith effort to solve each problem, one question a day should be more than sufficient. Then you've still got 20 left over for a really difficult month.

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+1 for the good-faith answer; my thanks to you, for this; and my apologies to @Pacerier for my (perhaps unduly) glib response. Sorry! =) – David Thomas May 1 '11 at 1:33

There's a point you have to realise in your programming career where you've found yourself in the wrong vocation.

Needing to mooch off the kindness of strangers in a way where 150 over the span of three months is a limit you'd be touching is time to seriously look at either a new field or whether or not anything is sticking and if any of it ever will.

It's a win-lose on the heels toward a lose-lose situation.

With the flooding and question quality that comes with such a rapid fire need, you won't have anyone answering soon enough.

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I do not think that 1.66 questions a day is called "flooding" – Pacerier May 1 '11 at 23:39
@Pacerier, from one person, maybe not. But there's currently (as of writing, and according to Stackexchange itself) 604,617 users. If even half of those users asked their maximum allocation of questions per month that'd be 15,115,450 questions per month. Currently the network has 'only' 1.4 million questions in total (according to's front page (as of writing)). – David Thomas May 2 '11 at 23:27
@David Thomas i mean to say that it will like average out.. and the limit should be set based on a single user's point of view. what happens when stackoverflow has 6 million users? should we then limit each user to 0.166 questions per day? – Pacerier May 3 '11 at 11:15

nbm i've found a good fix - create a new account with your secondary email, change your gravatar in your secondary email to be the same one as your primary email and change your user names to be the same user name. Voila ~!

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... and hope they don't suspend you for cheating. The system will notice this unless you do it more cleverly. – Hendrik Vogt May 5 '11 at 8:25
-1 because that defeats the purpose of the limit. – Belinda May 5 '11 at 9:09
@Hendrik i may have missed it somewhere. but did the terms of conditions include that 1 person could only have 1 account? if not what's cheating ? – Pacerier May 5 '11 at 23:46
@Pacerier: It is allowed to have more than one account, but not for that purpose. See this question and in particular YOU's answer. – Hendrik Vogt May 6 '11 at 6:53
@Hendrik Vogt YOU's answer is: I think creating new account will not solve it, since they could limit at IP level, as long as you hold same IP it doesn't tell us what is the explicit purpose we must have when we create more than one account – Pacerier May 6 '11 at 9:57
@Pacerier: I can't tell you anything definite; I'm just a normal user without any special insight. In my very first comment here I just meant (having YOU's comment in mind) that you might run into trouble if you try your fix, and that for sure you're not supposed to circumvent the limit. If you don't find the latter obvious, then I can't help. – Hendrik Vogt May 6 '11 at 10:32
@Hendrik Vogt. i find it obvious that they do not explicitly state 1 person is limited to 1 account in their terms of conditions (definitely you should correct me here if i'm wrong). – Pacerier May 6 '11 at 10:44
@Pacerier: I don't see anything wrong with your last comment. But I still regard it as clear that you aren't supposed to create accounts for the purpose of circumventing limits that are in place for some reason. In short: You just aren't supposed to circumvent limits. – Hendrik Vogt May 6 '11 at 15:43
@Hendrik Vogt now why will someone create more than 1 account other than for the need to circumvent certain kind of limits? to create 2 accounts to be able to answer more questions is a form of circumventing limits don't you think so? – Pacerier May 7 '11 at 19:42
@Pacerier: There are several question here on meta where people discuss why they have more than one account, and ask if that's OK. Just use the search! (One reason I remember: One account with the real name, another for more anonymous posts.) Regarding "to be able to answer more questions": Do you mean ask more questions? You can answer as many as you want! – Hendrik Vogt May 8 '11 at 10:12
@Hendrik Vogt I do include "using one account with a real name another for more anonymous posts" as circumventing limits. The system does not allow us to create multiple "profiles" for a single account and that by itself is a limit. The only reason why you will ever need 2 accounts is to circumvent some sort of limit don't you think so? – Pacerier May 8 '11 at 15:04
It would be interesting to get a mod's opinion on this conversation... – David Thomas May 16 '11 at 19:14
@David Thomas definitely. i would like a mod to tell us why are we allowed to create 2 accounts – Pacerier May 17 '11 at 8:31

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