I was improving some of my old posts on Stack Overflow when I ended up encountering this:

You have already edited 5 of your own post today; futher edits are not allowed until tomorrow

I know this it is not a major deal, but what's the logic underneath to this restriction?


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It's to prevent rage-quits.

There have been multiple cases of people rage-quitting by deleting or vandalizing their own posts.

So the simple solution is to rate-limit it. Anyone who deletes or edits 5 of their own old posts in a single day will be blocked and then automatically flagged for moderator attention.

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    Well thought out, was not imagining such scenario.
    – dreamcrash
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 18:46
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    The lesson being: If you rage-quit, vandalize other people's posts. No limits there.
    – a cat
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 19:07
  • @lunboks haha nice commented, couldn't hold the laugh :D.
    – dreamcrash
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:12
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    Well, I believe that most people are not so cruel. As well, I'm sure that if necessary, the tech team could revert all your actions in a given period of time if there was a reason to do so.
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 23:53
  • @tohecz: you're almost certainly right, but those rate-limits are not here to stop "most people". They are here to stop the very small fraction of people that will do nasty stuff when they rage-quit. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 10:31

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