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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 '14 at 15:57
  • @YannisRizos I wouldn't be surprised if things turn out that way – gnat Dec 1 '14 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 '14 at 16:09
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    @YannisRizos feature name Oded 24x7 v2.0 :) – gnat Dec 1 '14 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 '14 at 23:38
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    They apparently haven't found this cheat on Quora. – Peter Mortensen Dec 4 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 16:05
  • Heh... Joel's answer on that Quora is pretty priceless. – RubberDuck Oct 18 '15 at 22:08

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