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Can we get x comment votes per x minutes, rather than one vote per 5 seconds?

When reading a list of comments, it is common for me to decide what I will vote up, before I start clicking. This means I will often decide on two or three comments out of a list of 6 that I think are good.

Then I run into this message.

You can submit a comment vote every five seconds.

It seems that changing the limiter to count every 2 (or 3) comments instead of every 1 would be more user friendly, and in the end have no negative impact on the spam prevention / server load reduction.

Actually, I am not clear on what the primary purpose for the limitation is.

Perhaps you cold give me some insight in to why it is not done this way?


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Comments are considered to be the red-headed stepchild of the Stack Exchange system, and they wanted to discourage too much trivial commenting.

Here's Jeff's take on it.

It's actually worse than you might know, because every time you fail because of the 5 second rate-limit, the timer gets reset.

  • I am referring to the limit on voting up the good comments, which is not reset every time I fail. What's the point of limiting me to 1 every 5 seconds, instead of 2 every 10 seconds? I am not referring to the limit on posting comments. Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 23:49
  • @GeorgeBailey, I suppose that could be, I can't keep track of all the rate-limit discussions I've seen on making, voting for and deleting comments. Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 23:52
  • I think the timer reset is only for posting comments, not for voting on comments...
    – Kerrek SB
    Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 0:10
  • @KerrekSB, well maybe at sometime they changed something, but take a look at this search. Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 0:14

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