Since a new user to Stack Overflow like me can only post an answer to a question every 30 minutes, this makes it extremely irrelevant for new users and will in short; drive users away from Stack Overflow.


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It helps to limit spammers who would like nothing less than to post spam much more quickly than every 30 minutes. It is easier to clean up one spam post than 10.

Also some people just don't quite get the site when they start out. They answer off-topic questions or don't answer properly at all or ask questions in the answer space or add me too as an answer. We'd like to be able to catch and warn such people before they become answer banned entirely.

Anyway, the Stack Overflow limit would seem to be back to 3 minutes now that the worst of the ChatGPT wave is over. Proof this deleted answer and this deleted answer were posted approximately 3 minutes apart on 28th December by a user that almost certainly never made it to 125 rep.

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    Considering that the 2 answers were posted < 3 minutes apart, this answer is actually also invalided by the answers it uses to validate itself that the change has been reverted. If those answers are proof, they are proof that the 3 minute rate limit is also not in affect. More likely the answers were posted by an account that was merged. You shouldn't use a singular example, without citation (such as from a staff member), as evidence.
    – Larnu
    Commented Jan 14, 2023 at 23:12
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    What I find worse is it appear you used this one example to edit the aforementioned FAQ... If the 3 minute rule was reinstated, I would expect a staff member to state so, or they would be the one to amend the FAQ article.
    – Larnu
    Commented Jan 14, 2023 at 23:22
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    See also: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/422672/… Commented Jan 14, 2023 at 23:29
  • I've seen others. I saw no reason to make a long list. Commented Jan 15, 2023 at 8:19

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