I was reading a recent Meta question about users not showing up on the Area 51 Stack Exchange 'users' page (the one that has to do with the Beta. Like the Gaming Beta User's page). I was paging through the beta users, and after the 8th or so page, was given the following error message:

It appears that since you guys use user flair, and the flair is rate limited, anyone who tries to view more than a few pages of users on the Beta page will be IP Banned for a specific amount of time.

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    Quit being so nosy (jk)
    – squillman
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 16:56
  • Is anyone else not seeing the image in this question? I saw it the first time, but now all I see is an "alt text" underlined link.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:06
  • @Jon It used to be up, but right now it is broken for me as well.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:13
  • @Jon @Grace Markdown doesn't like if you insert images and links and then insert links before it. It can't parse it. Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:19
  • @Jon, @Grace, oddly, I used to see broken links, and now can see it.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:20
  • @jaydles I fixed it. @Jon @Grace I opened a new bug: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/56460/… Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:23

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We were loading each beta user's flair in an iframe, and with 10 iframes per page, quickly paging through the beta user list apparently hit the ~200 request/minute IP-ban limit.

This should be fixed now -- we eliminated the iframes and now serve the flair with the page instead.

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    Good deal. On careers we retrieved and cached the HTML fragment in the cache, and render it as part of the page. (when paging through candidates when flair was seen) Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 23:17

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