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Help Center > Privileges > remove new user restrictions

remove new user restrictions

Privilege type: Milestone privilege

Awarded at: 10 reputation

What are the new user restrictions?

New users cannot:

  • post more than two hyperlinks at a time, either in a post or their user profile
  • contribute answers to protected questions
  • ask or answer questions too rapidly

Why are restrictions placed on new users?

Because we allow participation from anonymous internet users, we must take some precautions to ensure that the rare malicious or spammy anonymous user doesn't ruin the experience for everyone else.

We're sorry that we have to sandbox new users, but the first few upvotes on your questions or answers will quickly elevate you out of it!

What are protected questions?

High traffic questions on the site may be protected to prevent "thanks", "me too!", and spam answers from new users.

Note that one needs to earn 10 rep on the site to be able to answer a protected question. The association bonus does not count.

How do I add links to my posts?

We use Markdown to format posts, so there are a variety of ways of adding links:

  • bare urls http://example.com
  • HTML <a href="http://example.com">example link</a>
  • Markdown [example link](http://example.com)
  • the editor toolbar button insert link toolbar button