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Questions tagged [rate-limiting]

Activities such as searching, voting, editing your own posts, or suggesting edits are rate-limited on Stack Exchange sites. These restrictions generally exist to prevent abuse.

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The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide

I noticed that I can only perform certain actions such as commenting a finite number of times in a given period of time. Obviously, rate limiting is in place to prevent accidental misuse or ...
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Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide

When you think of Q&A sites, you think of a place where you come to get answers to your questions. But, where do those answers come from? What doesn't immediately stand out for many folks is that ...
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Allow more than 1 comment upvote in 5 seconds [duplicate]

This dialog box pops up so much that it's annoying. Please have it removed or allow something like 5 comment upvotes every 5 seconds. At the least, make the box very small or replace the vote button ...
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Can we get x comment votes per y minutes, rather than one vote per 5 seconds?

I quite often will read a thread of comments, and want to vote up a few of them. I vote one up, read the next few comments, vote up another and get a *giant red box*. I've seen that "You can only ...
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Please make the multiple comment timer less annoying (non-resetting etc.)

As a little feature to prevent comment spam, you can only enter one comment every 15 seconds. That's a very reasonable limitation, since you very rarely have a good reason to write comments that ...
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Rate limit suggested edits

We need a hard rate limit on suggested edits, to limit the damage someone can do with blasting the review queue with minor edit suggestions. Case in point: this user peppered the site with a whopping ...
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Reconcile the 5 edits limit with a large set of updates of one's old answers

Context: Gitolite V3 just got released (an authorization layer in Perl to manage read/write access on Git repositories). As a result, all the old V2 documentation links I used this past two years in ...
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Should delete votes be limited like close votes?

First off, let me say that I am not against deleting questions. I have done a fair bit of it in the past. However, I think that when the same three or four people account for 80% of the deleted ...
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Comments that fail to post start the “You can only comment every 5 seconds” timer

First: This is not about whether rate-limiting is good or bad. This is not a misunderstanding of what the "Only 1 comment allowed per 5 seconds; timer reset." message means. This is not about ...
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Please return the comment rate limit to a flat 30 seconds

Recently, Jeff was inadvertently alerted to the fact that the rate limit on comments was a flat 30 seconds, and that users could button-mash their way to success. Apparently, this was not the original ...
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Lift or reduce the comment rate-limiting timer for moderators

This is easily the most annoying timer on the site: post a second comment too quickly after the first, and the system kicks it back, telling you to wait 15 seconds. Count to 15 too quickly and retry, ...
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Let me choose when I use my close votes

There have been some questions recently about how large the close-votes queue is and whether it can be improved along with requests for more close votes. On Stack Overflow I rarely use all my close ...
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Daily close votes queue limit [closed]

This question is related to this (jan23), this (mar 12) and many others; with the difference that close queue on SO today is 20k longer = 74k. I read & understand about the fear for robot-...
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No one likes quitting cold turkey

The ban process is very useful to preventing low quality posts - for the most part. One very large glaring issue with it is that users can bypass it at will by using a different account. On a daily ...
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Prevent repeated starring and unstarring of messages

It appears that you get to blink stars on any message as frequently as you want, as long as you want. Some child on The Bridge has just found out about this and the only approach I can think of - ...
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On the recent changes to flagging and limits

Looks like flagging has been affected by releases today: are these intended affects? Higher daily limits (appear doubled for me, flagging of posts limit also doubled) Explained by Shog9 below. Soft ...
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How did this question bypass the dupe-title filter and the question rate-limit?

Here are the two questions: (10k only - since both are now deleted) DVD Sorting Program for C++ Beginners (Help Needed) DVD Sorting Program for C++ Beginners (Help Needed) The titles are exactly the ...
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Change comment vote limit to six every 30 seconds

Currently, the comment vote limit is one every five seconds. I suspect it's a common behavior to read a discussion in comments and choose to upvote more than one comment after reading the whole ...
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Implement cross-site posting rate limits to slow down spammers

In the morning of March 19th, a newly-registered user posted 11 spam questions in as many minutes: While asking questions is rate-limited, these rate limits are not applied across sites, allowing ...
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Why do I see “Too many edits”?

I am confused, as I thought we already fixed that problem in this question (March 2013). this limit should now scale with reputation. Folks who are posting many answers every day for long periods ...
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Can we introduce comment flag bans as we have for posts flags?

Declined post flags give people warnings and can result in flag bans. Allow recovery from flag hellban There's a rise in both flags and in declined flags, as reviewed in these two questions: Can we ...
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Why are suggested edit votes limited?

Is there a reason why I can only vote on 30 suggested edits per day? I don't think there is a real problem that more votes are abused or something like that. But every time, I reach this limit and ...
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Rate limit questioners who consecutively ask closed questions [duplicate]

Often times a user will ask a series of questions that get closed, one right after the other. They will often ask these over the course of the same day, sometimes they'll even ask all 6 of their daily ...
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How do the review limits work?

I got the brand new Custodian badge today for reviewing posts. Inspired by that, I reviewed some more suggested edits. Now I ran into a limit: You have no more suggested edit votes today; come back ...
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Implement a Selective Comment Ban

We all know the drill. Comments are temporary and intended to clarify stuff to make the posts better. We know they are an absolute nightmare to cleanup, but it's also really hard to figure out how to ...
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What is the reasoning behind limiting “recidivists” to post one question per week?

Anti-Recidivism System currently restricts recreated accounts to "posting only one question per week..." I would like to understand why this rate was picked, and not, say, once a day or once a month? ...
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If I'm out of spam flags, tell me sooner

At the moment, suppose I see a post that I want to flag. The workflow is: Open the page. Click “flag”. Select the flag reason. Click the “flag question” button. Get feedback that I've used up my ...
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Should the 5 edit limit prevent you from hitting edit in the first place?

I was editing some of my questions and answers today on gaming.SE and when I pressed "Save Edits" on the most recent I got the message "You have already edited 5 of your own posts today [...] further ...
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Can we remove the 5 second rate limiting on comment flags?

Flagging multiple comments on the same post is a massive pain. I spend about 70% of the time just sitting there waiting for 5 seconds to pass to be able to flag another one. Since we already have a ...
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Should the amount of possible edit suggestions per day be limited? [duplicate]

As a reviewer noted nicely: User is editing too much post today. Obviously not interested in content but in reputation Not exactly a valid rejection reason in general, but said user suggested many ...
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Is the daily question limit actually being enforced?

A week or so ago I read Optimizing for Pearls, Not Sand and as more of an answerer than asker, I rejoiced at the new questions-per-day limit. Considering the time it takes to ask quality questions, 6 ...
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Bonus moderation flags for users who have an extremely helpful flag record for the day

It seems like a bit of a backtrack to limit users to only a certain number of moderation flags in the day. I understand why the limit is in place, so people can't "spam" moderators with useless flags (...
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Death to the Timer Reset! [duplicate]

Everytime I hit a rate limit (doing legitimate things) I am slapped in the face two times: I have to wait The timer will reset each time I try I will concede that there must be a reason for timer ...
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Name Change Limiting can be Broken

Steps to reproduce: Change your name on Stack Overflow. After some time it won't allow to change your name again for one month Create user account in Super User or change your name on Super User ...
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Let's re-evaluate the Question Timer

I know this seems like a good idea, but this far into the game you should be able to tell from network behavior that I'm not a spammer… I had a compound question. I broke it up because ...
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Reviewing suggested edit of own post after completing 20 reviews

I've completed 20 suggested edits reviews today. Then, I came across a suggested edit to my own post and I approved it. Then, I had a doubt that whether the review count has incremented or not, oh! ...
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Link rot “request for edit”: How a user will be able to edit his/her own post when confronted with the “Edit limit”?

The question "Does Stack Exchange Crawl Web Sites?" mentions: all being planned at the moment, in a nutshell, community will add a "special comment" to the post asking the creator to fix it, it ...
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Deleting a comment (mine) should reset the 30-second rate-limit

Post a comment. Notice spelling mistake. Delete comment, fix error, repost. OOPS! 30-second rate limit! Gaaahh! Go away and do something else, post the corrected comment when you come back. This is ...
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How many requests are too many?

I'm writing a small script that makes a large amount of requests in order to obtain data that can't be acquired via the API (for example, getting a user's network profile URL, scraping the network ...
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Question Limit exceeded but I haven't asked any!

I've literally just signed up to Stack Overflow and I tried asking my first question, unfortunately I keep getting this error message You can only ask 50 questions in a 30-day period. Having just ...
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Thank you for reviewing 20 close votes today! [duplicate]

So I did what I thought was my 40 reviews in the Close Vote Review Queue today. However, when I went to see about reviewing other queues, I noticed the message for the Close Votes said, "Thank you for ...
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You have already deleted 5 of your own posts today; further deletes are blocked

I can't delete more than 5 of my own posts in a single day. Is this a bug, or intended behavior? I'm trying to clean up old, crappy posts of mine. Similar-looking problem, but it claims to be status-...
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Does the new user rate limit apply even when you are a new user on only one site?

I am registered on about 80 SE sites, am an "avid user"(>200 rep) on about 30, and a modest user (103-199 rep) on about 20 more. Once when I tried to ask a question on Open Data (my "new user" site), ...
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Please rate limit the password reset functionality

Just received ~70 unsolicited password reset mails from Super User, so abusive...
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Scale daily review caps more effectively to bring even busy queues to 0 instead of 1000

On a number of sites*, there's enough review flow to reliably keep certain queue backlogs in the dozens or even hundreds. This is discouraging to regular reviewers; some sites struggle recruiting more ...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this(10k only) on Ask Ubuntu. (Image Link) A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Is there ever a legitimate reason for a user, especially ...
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Daily review limit exceeded

I have just reached my limit of suggested edits for the day when I noticed someone else has 21, when the limit is 20, how can this be?
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Name changing rate limit can be circumvented in chat by changing parent site

We in the Root Access chat room just noticed (ahem) that the rate limit on display name changes can be circumvented by changing the parent site. That is, a user can change names extremely quickly by ...
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What actions are rate-limited, and why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide I've seen a number of time delay notifications on the sites. E.g.: you can only comment every x seconds What are all the situations that ...
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Why can't someone edit more than five of his/her own posts per day?

I was improving some of my old posts on Stack Overflow when I ended up encountering this: You have already edited 5 of your own post today; futher edits are not allowed until tomorrow I ...