I like SO/SE, since I often find very good answers that are nowhere else. So, from time to time, when I encounter unanswered questions, I take the time to log-in and write a correct answer, in order to take my turn in helping those that do not know things that I know.

Today, I discovered that I cannot post more than 2 links in my answer, because my reputation is 0 (yes, I do not have time to help so often and people probably don't take the time to +1 my answers). However, the person was asking for some tools that can help solve his task and I had 3 tools to propose with 4 links to describe them. That's not what I call spamming... And that was the way to respond correctly to the question.

I don't have so much time to waste in logging-in and writing a correct answer... I overcome my dislikes and do so because I like to retaliate and help others when they help me. I'm sorry to say that, but if this limit stays, I'm off.

So my questions are: why this limit? Why so low?

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    "the person was asking for some tools that can help solve his task" - that's an off-topic question then. – Oded Jul 16 '13 at 10:15
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    Because of Spammers. You need to "prove" that you're not a spammer by earning (a very small amount of) reputation. – Joachim Sauer Jul 16 '13 at 10:16
  • @JoachimSauer While I agree that this is the reason, in my experience with dealing with spammers they almost always only post one single link in their posts. GET CHEAP JORDANS HERE sort of thing. – JonW Jul 16 '13 at 10:18
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    @JonW: That's because they are limited. Anywhere else they post 100 links. – Martijn Pieters Jul 16 '13 at 10:21

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