Tim Post

Mandaluyong, Philippines

alertfalse.com

Age: 39

I'm a community manager and chief [bad] pun officer for Stack Exchange, following two years of service as a community elected moderator on Stack Overflow. Beyond that, I'm:

  • A husband and dad
  • A competent programmer
  • A world traveler
  • Not a teapot, and I have proof!

If you need to reach me, it's tpost shift-2 stackoverflow, but please use this form for common support needs. Note, I do not use services such as Linkedin, please don't try to add me there, it just creates noise.

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revised Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
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comment Anonymous StackExchange - would it work, what would really change?
This isn't an unreasonable idea, I'm not entirely certain why this has received so many down-votes. I'll be writing a more detailed answer as to what would break (and break badly) tomorrow - this is something I've tested a few times (not as a hidden service) - stop and think about the premise for a moment, it's interesting :) They aren't saying 'let's do this', they're saying 'think about what would happen if ..' - not suggesting that the idea is good, just .. what would happen? Think about it before voting, all I'm asking :)
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comment Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
Users vandalizing their own posts is treated as an abuse case in and of itself, and out of the scope of this. If they're going around doing that, it's very likely going to be a timed suspension, not a rate limit that's preventing them from asking questions. The rate limits don't keep track of what's going on with other sites, but something else (much more intrinsic to the quality project) does to a degree now. Sites now share a bit of an 'immunity' to stuff the system has identified as low quality, but that's something for another post.
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comment Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
The rolling limits aren't enabled on child meta sites, they just don't make sense there. The rep requirement for posting helps curtail them trying their luck on meta if limited on the main site, we don't see much of it anymore except here on MSE. Providing good answers doesn't lift the ban, and we do not count votes that the system deems suspicious - however good answers will help you ask sooner if you're limited. It's not a ban, it's really just a waiting period that would naturally expire between 1 and 7 days anyway.
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comment Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
An answer that gets an up-vote that hasn't been marked as suspicious by the system can actually help you a bit. Sure, not everyone is capable of just jumping in like that, but quite a few are, so it's considered. We take cues from any evidence saying "This person is capable of typing stuff that we actually want on our sites" and adjust accordingly. Maybe you were just having a really bad day with some insane requirements, it helps account for that.
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comment Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
They aren't bans, they're rate limits. You aren't told that you can't ask questions any more, you're just told that you need to wait, and for how long. There are long-term blocks in place on high volume sites, but extremely hard to hit unless you just continuously ask really bad questions over a period of months, after waiting and receiving the guidance that we provide. And yes, rate limits based on your previous history are enabled on all sites now.
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comment Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide
I've seen driver's ed cars with two steering wheels, I look forward to driving one when I'm 72 and fighting to get my license back once Mr. Fusion becomes a reality.
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revised As a moderator, how do I handle a potentially inappropriate profile picture?
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comment FAQ "Product Support" needs some TLC
I like a good derp or two in the morning, just before my coffee (working on this)
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