There is a lot on this forum about having enough reputation to post to old posts, use certain tags etc. Even though I don't post very often, my posts are definitely not spam. It is quite frustrating (and unnecessary) having to create new posts that totally relates to something that already exists. Can someone please look at my posts and add me as a "trusted poster" or equivalent? Also, what is this about "You can only post once every 20 minutes"? I had to wait 20 minutes to add this post. What if I have many questions?

  • Ask Ubuntu Meta is the discussion part, where such things are discussed/answered. The Ask Ubuntu site is only for questions relating to Ubuntu and its official flavors.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 10:42
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    @Joachim Can you edit this to clarify exactly what you are trying to do that the system is preventing you from doing or that it is making difficult or otherwise frustrating to do? Are you trying to ask questions, or answer them? Ask Ubuntu is not a forum. New questions should not be posted as answers to existing questions, even if they're similar enough to belong in the same forum thread if this were a forum. If that's what you're trying to do, then the system is working as it should by preventing it. But perhaps that's not what you're trying to do. Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 11:23
  • What other posts are your refering to? As far as I can see it you didn't post anything besides this question yet – do you have multiple accounts?
    – dessert
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 12:09
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    If you have many questions, you wait and spend that time in looking for answers yourself.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 12:12
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    – muru
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 12:16
  • Thank you @Videonauth
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:34
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    @Joachim and please don't be discouraged by the down-votes here on meta, in most cases they are used on meta to show disagreement and they do not affect your reputation score.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:41
  • @dessert: have another search...
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:41
  • @muru: not very helpful.
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:42
  • @Eliah Kagan: I am trying to ask question. If something is heavily related to a previous question that has been solved in different ways but apparently does not work for me, then of course I want to build on it. Why create a new one? Which is the logic why you shouldn't? Can you please let me know why I need a new post?
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:42
  • Thanks again :) @Videonauth
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 18:42
  • @Joachim Aside from this question there's exactly one other question from you (this), where you added information in a comment rather than editing the question. Did you take the tour?
    – dessert
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 20:21
  • @Joachim nor are a surge in unresearched, crappy questions particularly helpful.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 15:42

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[not] having enough reputation to post to old posts

Questions will (on occasion) become something known as protected. This is usually a result of a question:

  • being very popular
  • receiving lots of low-quality answers
  • receiving lots of non-answers (me too, thanks, spam)
  • etc.

All protection does is limit new users (defined as under 10 reputation) from answering them. You can earn ten reputation on this site very quickly - that's just receiving two upvotes on a question or one upvote on an answer. You get these by, of course, writing good questions and answers.

[not able to] use certain tags

If you have under 300 reputation, you are not allowed to create tags. This is intentional, as tags are rather important to allow users to find questions and to offer help. A new tag should only be created if it's absolutely necessary. The 300 reputation limit gives users some time to realize how the site works, and to think about whether a tag is necessary. While we still do get weird tags on occasion, these are usually rare thanks to this limit.

Otherwise, certain tags (like ) are what we call "blacklisted," meaning they can not be used. Blacklisting is a heavy-handed operation and is only done for good reason. Find and use a better tag in this case.

Also, what is this about "You can only post once every 20 minutes"? I had to wait 20 minutes to add this post.

Consider this from the site's perspective. A spammer comes on, and makes a ton of spam posts very quickly, flooding the site with spam. Legitimate questions are dropped to the bottom, and nobody can get the answers they need. Moderators and high-reputation users need to clean up the site. It's a mess.

So, this rate limit exists until you've earned your ten reputation. There's no overriding this, no sneaky ways around it.

As mentioned in the comments, this is also a way to ensure that the posts you write are thought out, thorough, and useful to the site. If people post garbage, nobody will be able to help.

With that out of the way, let's look at you in particular.

It appears that your initial goal was to post this question inside of this (existing) question. By doing this, you likely ran into protection after making that post. This happened because users like you did the exact same thing.

It is very very important to understand that Ask Ubuntu is not a forum. We do not like long-winded threads where people ask each other questions and go three pages before someone finds a solution. Here, you ask a well-formed question and receive a well-formed answer. Chatter is intentionally minimized and thrown out of the way, as the goal of this site is to get users help.

Now, due to the nature of some tech problems, this isn't always the easiest. We need to debug posts. This is why comments are a thing -- they allow for other users to ask for clarification and for you to respond in kind. If things become long-winded, comment threads will often be moved to chat where users will help you diagnose problems live. This is all part of the "flow" of this site - you come here and you get help directly. This is why "accepting" is a thing, and why votes are there. They all directly relate to getting users the help they need as fast as possible.

That said, I would very strongly recommend you read our site tour before using this site. It'll explain quickly how to best use this site, as well as offer links for more in-depth learning. The tour is your friend.

  • Regarding edits #5 and #6: "garnering lots of views" is one criterion questions being considered for protection should meet, but popularity and newsworthiness aren't really reasons for protection. Protection is for when "newbies are adding 'me too!', 'thanks!' and possibly even spam non-answers." Questions about hot topics often meet those criteria, but I'd expect our few manually protected questions that don't meet them to be special in some very rare way (or protected by mistake). Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 22:49

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