I just attempted to ask my first question ever on Stack Overflow, but the system told me

Sorry, you are only allowed to ask 50 questions in a 30 day period

What can I do about this?

EDIT from comments:
Aarghhh... I have a public IP, but it goes through a proxy and the IP gets rewritten. Is there some way SO could determine my posting authorization based on my login credentials and not IP? Maybe a whitelist to which users can be added after raising Meta posts like this one and confirming their registration? For now, I will take my questions to another forum.

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    Have you created any other accounts on Stack Overflow before? Aug 16, 2011 at 22:30
  • Have you deleted any questions?
    – JNK
    Aug 16, 2011 at 23:12
  • Are you connecting through a proxy?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 16, 2011 at 23:19
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    Awww, sucks when the IP catches up with you. Aug 16, 2011 at 23:59
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    What Hans is saying: You probably share an IP with other SO users, and from this IP it's already 50 questions. Aug 17, 2011 at 6:40
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    Or you've asked 50 questions from another account, which would have the same IP address as this new account you created. Aug 17, 2011 at 9:27
  • Aarghhh.. I have a public IP but its going through a proxy and the IP is being re-written. Is there somehow stackoverflow site would be able to determine based on the login credentials and not the IP, maybe a white-list to which users can be added after raising a meta-post and confirming their registration. For now will take my doubts to another forum
    – jwookie
    Aug 17, 2011 at 14:33
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    @jwookie If you want more responses, update your question with this new information. I'd actually be interested in knowing what, if any, recourse is available for people who haven't done anything wrong but are being blocked from Stack Overflow simply because they are behind a proxy that is rewriting IP addresses. Aug 17, 2011 at 18:05

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I have a public IP

I suggest you not use that public IP. It will be an uphill battle to convince Stack Exchange that a proxy IP should be whitelisted.

Alternately, use a proxy, or create your own with a free webhost that supports PHP.

  • The underlying nature itself is that of "identifying trusted identities". Sites like craigslist, ebay etc have similar issues. Words that the website uses like "high quality posts" is hard to quantify in Maths thus in program. I am sure given the selective domain and the huge collection of posts in the website there can be relations and data be mined for accepting posts and then this can be tuned. Any takers?
    – jwookie
    Aug 17, 2011 at 21:11
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    @jwookie As you probably noticed Stack Overflow optimizes for answers, not questions. We have a multitude of questions. So, quite frankly, unless someone presents a compelling case to go to all the work you suggest, they aren't going to spend time to do so when they have a solution that works well enough for the purpose at hand.
    – Pollyanna
    Aug 17, 2011 at 21:29
  • Makes sense to think from "optimizes for answers" POV. The case itself could be worthy of some serious thought to trusted identities but then again its more of a research question. Thanks guys for the comments.
    – jwookie
    Aug 19, 2011 at 16:29

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