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Why rate-limit searches?

I got the following error message on Super User:

You can only perform 6 searches within a 60 second window, please wait a moment and try again.

It should be fairly obvious that I'm a legitimate user (reputation 241), not a scraper or a DDOS bot.

If you improve the search so that it's not as awful as it currently is, then maybe 6 searches in a 60 second window ought to be enough for anybody, but as it is, please at least double the permitted searches.

  • It doesn't take at least 10 seconds each to scan a full page of search results? You are a bot! – Daniel DiPaolo Jul 7 '11 at 1:12
  • @Daniel DiPaolo: Only a werewolf would say that! – Andrew Grimm Jul 7 '11 at 1:19

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