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I've literally just signed up to Stack Overflow and I tried asking my first question, unfortunately I keep getting this error message

You can only ask 50 questions in a 30-day period.

Having just signed up, I haven't asked any questions yet, and definitely not 50!

I am currently living in the halls at my university, could this be causing the problem? And if so, is there anyway I can get around this as I really need some help :(

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    Many of the rate limits are IP Address based, so if everyone in your dorm shares an IP address, then that is why you are getting blocked. I don't think there is a way around it, but someone else might have an idea. – psubsee2003 Feb 5 '14 at 1:40
  • You could post from a university computer, or if you have a laptop use some nearby wifi. – ben is uǝq backwards Feb 5 '14 at 6:17
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There are something like 134 different accounts sharing the same IP as you. In order to prevent abuse, this limit is imposed on both an account and IP-level - otherwise, prolific askers would just create new accounts to get around it.

Try logging on as close to 0:00 UTC as possible - if you're the first one to get in, you'll be able to post.

Also, find the guy who posted 15 questions in the past 30 days and send him on a really long, time-consuming errand. Give him a ring that needs to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom if need-be.

You may also find that some limits are raised a bit if you're able to contribute useful answers or edits...

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    One does not simply wal... ehh... nevermind! – Andrew Barber Feb 5 '14 at 2:32
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    I apologize, but I don't think this is an appropriate solution to the problem. A legitimate user is being stopped, and the response is... try and work around it in one of the most inconvenient ways possible? Hmmmm..... – Aza Feb 5 '14 at 2:42
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    I don't really have a more convenient solution, @Emracool (post from your phone maybe?) This is one of the downsides of doing IP-level blocking - and if you think this is bad, we've had to block major ISPs in the past due to a few subscribers pushing vast amounts of spam our way. It sucks that a few bad apples can ruin things for others this way, but, them's the breaks. – Shog9 Feb 5 '14 at 2:55

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