This comment indicates that a new user is having difficulty posting. Apparently they've received the message:

Your post cannot be submitted at this time due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network.

I don't know how to advise them, but it's coming at the same time that they are working to improve their first question just put on hold, so it probably feels a bit unfair.

  • I have not used the spam tag because my question is how to advise the new user. – uhoh Sep 5 '18 at 10:28
  • I don't think it matters much what happens to that question. An OP with all the specs for both systems is asking internet-strangers who don't have any documentation which system would be better to learn from. That makes no sense whatsoever:( – Martin James Sep 5 '18 at 14:30
  • @Rob Since the new user does not have a "good, trusted account" I don't see how that could be a duplicate. The information is interesting, and certainly related, so thank you for bringing that to attention, but the question here is about advising a new user. – uhoh Sep 5 '18 at 23:19
  • @Rob I'm the OP here, and "direct them to the help center" is the answer to my question about "How to advise..." – uhoh Sep 6 '18 at 0:00

Direct them to the help center:

It means that the abuse was extremely severe, and that we unfortunately can't accept your contribution until the abuse has subsided. Unfortunately, in most cases, this will mean that you need to contribute to the site from an alternate location until a few of your contributions have been well received by the community.

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    Just an idea: shouldn't that be linked from the popup which is shown to the blocked user? – Glorfindel Sep 5 '18 at 14:49
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    Most of the people encountering that message are posting spam... – Shog9 Sep 5 '18 at 14:53
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    But the people smart & determined enough to know how to switch to an alternate location to spam will do that anyway ... – Glorfindel Sep 5 '18 at 14:55
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    You'd be surprised – Shog9 Sep 5 '18 at 14:56
  • This is exactly the answer I needed. I've never explored the help center beyond the most frequent topics I share, I should have looked there first, so now I'll review the whole thing. Thanks! – uhoh Sep 5 '18 at 15:50

originating from your network

This more or less gives it away; they have to move out of the network. If they are using a fixed Internet connection, let them post from mobile (3G/4G) or vice versa. An alternative is using a proxy, VPN or Tor.

Note that editing the question should still work, even if they're being blocked from posting; that means you can post a stub from your mobile and edit it later from a laptop, if tethering is not an option for you. (But I'd advise to add a reason to your stub why you're doing it this way, lest you get downvoted.)

Note that some details of the blocking algorithm are intentionally kept secret.


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