There was a question that I knew the answer to, and I started and then finished typing an answer, but then I clicked post, but it said I have an answer ban, so I was forced to click discard and I typed a whole answer for nothing, and it wasted my time. I invested my time and effort into answering a question - for nothing. The site would be nicer if I knew before if I can post something or not. It should tell me I cannot post something BEFORE I type it, so I do not type for nothing and waste my time. Imagine that happening to you. If you spent fifteen minutes typing something to later find out that it was for nothing, you would probably be not very happy either, right? You would probably also think what I thought:
Now you tell me! It could have saved me fifteen whole minutes if it just told me earlier!
Some specific examples of this are when I can only post once every some number of minutes. Why does it wait to tell me that I can only post once every 20 or so minutes, so I have to type everything all over again or keep the tab open for a while? Another problem is sometimes I use public wifi that other spammers/trollers used, and as soon as I type everything and click post, it says:
Your post cannot be submitted because of the volume of spam and abuse originating from this network. For more information, visit the help center.
Oh. And to make matters worse, if I just click post after typing nothing it just says that the title is missing and so on. I have to FINISH typing to then find out if I can post or if there was apparently too much spam. This inclines us to try to post nonsense to test if I can or not, which has it's issues for obvious reasons. If there was too much spam in the past, don't even offer me the ask question page. It would save me a lot of time just telling me before. Why would it be bad to wait to tell me that I cannot post? I do not see any reason why we should waste each other's time.
Specific ways it could tell me: Instead of showing me the answering text box, showing me a message saying that I cannot post the answer to the question. Also, when I click on the "Your answer" box, it could say I cannot answer it. However, please do not wait for me to finish typing tell me if I cannot post something!