I got this error while updating a previously asked question on Stack Overflow: Getting error when importing from sibling package

When I originally asked the question (and inserted over 6-7 links in it), I didn't get the above error at that time.

My reputation on Stack Overflow was 6, both at the time of asking the above question and when updating it.

Is this a bug?

  • 4 out of 6 links are to Stack Overflow, so they're not 'external'. I'm not sure if those count towards the limit or not.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 30 '17 at 9:36
  • @Glorfindel I added reference. Jul 30 '17 at 9:47
  • @iBug great, but I'm not 100% the OP's problem is now solved. He/she needs to tell us whether the updated content contains more than 2 external links.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 30 '17 at 9:49
  • 2
    Your SO posts are good. I have no idea why you don't have some hundreds of rep now. More exactly, I have...
    – peterh
    Sep 25 '18 at 6:00

No problem because links to other questions and answers on Stack Exchange sites don't count.

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You see, only links 1 and 4 counted toward the 2-links limit. There's nothing wrong.

Reference Shadow Wizard's comment

I believe links to any Stack Exchange site are allowed, only external links are limited.

An extra thing concluded from your own answer is that Same link referred to multiple times counts as multiple links.


Thanks @iBug for this information.

Made another revelation: the link count also includes the number of references to an external link.

So even if we use a single external link, if we refer to it more than twice, this error will be thrown.

E.g. the below image:

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Even though I have a single external link at 1, I have already referenced it twice earlier in the question. So referencing it again as abc is giving the error

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    In short: Same link referred to multiple times counts as multiple links. Jul 30 '17 at 10:01
  • @iBug, well concluded!
    – satvik.t
    Jul 30 '17 at 10:02
  • Let's get a quick and dirty fix for this. Now you have 11 rep and should be able to post more links. Jul 30 '17 at 10:05
  • very true @iBug, :D Many Thanks for the +5 rep!
    – satvik.t
    Jul 30 '17 at 10:12

I'm calling this by-design; the restriction on the # of links is primarily a spam-discouragement thing, and for that purpose what matters is actually the number of links in the rendered output - not the number of unique URLs.

(SEO spammers occasionally try to cram a bunch of linked keywords into posts to increase the ranking for some site. Does it work? Probably not, but we still suffer for the attempt.)

  • Privileges section says they can't more than eight hyperlinks in a post or profile. But the count is only two. Is there something I am missing here?
    – Nog Shine
    Sep 30 '18 at 3:05

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