Is there a limit on how many questions I can ask per day? Per hour? Per other time unit?

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  • Understood the limit, but what if user reaches this limit of 50 questions and then he starts editing his existing questions to ask new questions. I can easily edit my old question completely and frame a completely new question out of it right? Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 6:49
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A user may ask only...

The 30-day limit was introduced on 29 April 2011, and at the moment of writing it only applies to Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User. Beware that deleting existing questions will probably not circumvent this limit, and may actually make things worse.

The 30-second and "only post questions every 20 minutes" limits are anti-spam/bot measures.

All the limits

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    @Arjan: Wow, they edited history at that post you're linking to again. Even in the comments it says "50" now - I find that a bit strange ... On a more serious note, when you write "this only applied" in the past tense, this sound as if now it also applies to the SE sites. Is that what you mean? Commented May 1, 2011 at 15:24
  • @Hendrik yep, Jeff made lots of efforts to make 70 become 50 all over the place. Commented May 2, 2011 at 11:46
  • Does that not apply to meta as well? Has anyone checked?
    – jcolebrand
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 17:19
  • @drachenstern Meta has such a low volume that if someone were consistently posting 2 questions a day it would be fairly obvious. Indeed, the query shows that the most questions any one person has asked is 134. Given that they specifically noted that it's applied only to SO, SU, and SF, then it's likely that it's not implemented here, but if it were it wouldn't affect anyone insofar as I can tell.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 18:17
  • I was going on the "absolute" you posted of "only on SO,SF,SU" and since meta is the red-headed stepchild of testing for the SEI network ... but I see your point.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 18:18
  • @drachenstern - Well, you are right to clarify because the note was actually "it's (currently) only active on the trilogy sites. – balpha♦" which could or could not include meta, as it's certainly considered part of the four part trilogy in most blog posts. So my statement could be technically incorrect, and while whether it's correct or not has no impact, it would be interesting to note.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 18:22
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    Three-part trilogies are lowercase. Four-part Trilogies are uppercase :)
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 19:17
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    Does the six questions in 24 hours apply to all sites (golden, public beta, private beta), only to golden sites, or only to the biggest sites?
    – gerrit
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 23:49
  • @gerrit An user just posted 12 questions in a row on a golden site so I guess this answer is outdated anyway.
    – badp
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 7:07

Currently There are two limits for different purposes. There is a limit of 50 questions per 30 day period. There is also a limit designed to stop bots and post spamming set at one post per 30 second period.

What is the reasoning behind any time based limits there should be?

It appears that the reasoning behind the limit is primarily to prevent an influx of bad questions.

If there are time limits should I open a duplicate account to circumvent them?

This would be avoiding the entire purpose of the time-limit. As pointed out they can always track by IP or other mechanisms.

Should another time limitation be considered?

Attempts to loosen the restriction seem to be unpopular at the moment.

Will warnings be implemented to inform people that they are approaching limits? Unknown. To me it seems like a reasonable request.

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