If a first time asker has an SO account that was recently (say, within a week) question blocked over there, how about showing them a warning like this:

Wait! You've recently been blocked at Stack Overflow. Consider that quality requirements at Software Engineering are similar. Note that Stack Overflow topics are not covered here and that your questions can't even be migrated to Stack Overflow because of the block.

This hopefully would help them avoid further frustration if they get down and close votes, angry comments, blocked migrations and question block over here.


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    This would be very useful, but I don't think SE is going to spend any dev time on such a localized issue.
    – yannis
    Dec 1, 2014 at 15:57
  • @YannisRizos I wouldn't be surprised if things turn out that way
    – gnat
    Dec 1, 2014 at 16:07
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    On the other hand, we do have a SE dev that spends copious amounts of time closing crap questions on Programmers. Perhaps Oded will realize that building this for us will save him a lot of time in the long run...
    – yannis
    Dec 1, 2014 at 16:09
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    @YannisRizos feature name Oded 24x7 v2.0 :)
    – gnat
    Dec 1, 2014 at 16:11
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    @YannisRizos it may be somewhat localized to us, but there are other sites that have people trying to get around a restriction on one by posting to another. MathOverflow and Math (and Physics?). There's also likely a ServerFault / SuperUser issue too (though may be less obvious given the size of the sites). Nearly anywhere there is a predefined migration path and question blocks, there is the opportunity for this problem to show up.
    – user40980
    Dec 1, 2014 at 23:38
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    They apparently haven't found this cheat on Quora. Dec 4, 2014 at 15:35
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    @PeterMortensen Tim Post bragged at MSE that new blocks are designed to make this cheat harder. They maybe succeeded but, unfortunately, this didn't cover another easy cheat, to try their luck at Programmers
    – gnat
    Dec 4, 2014 at 16:12
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    @PeterMortensen I'd have to dig, but I recall seeing a question on a meta site about a new user being rate limited after the first post because that ip had too many sub 500 rep users who were rate limited in the past period of time. That would also impact the "just get a new email".
    – user40980
    Dec 16, 2014 at 15:58
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    @MichaelT one MSE post about this is here: "I just attempted to ask my first question ever..."
    – gnat
    Dec 16, 2014 at 16:05
  • Heh... Joel's answer on that Quora is pretty priceless.
    – RubberDuck
    Oct 18, 2015 at 22:08


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