How long does it take to NOT be considered a 'New User'. Is it reputation, day/hour based?


5 Answers 5


None of these answers are really correct. There are special limitations for Rep 1 users.


What are the limits and restrictions for new users?

New user (less than 15 rep) restrictions:

  • new users may not post images
  • new users may only post one URL

New user (less than 100 rep) restrictions:

  • new users may only post one question every 20 minutes
  • new users may only post one answer every 2 minutes

To lift these restrictions, gain more rep!

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    Just a suggestion, but perhaps these could be included in the FAQ under "What is reputation?" When I first started, I carefully looked up all the URLs in a reply - then found I couldn't post it. Having this in the FAQ would have decreased my frustration.
    – TrueWill
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 2:46
  • I'm wondering if it is less than 100 rep or less than or equal to 100 rep? I just tried to post two questions in row and was informed I am a new user (pretty accurate :D ) and have to wait 20 minutes. I have exactly 100 rep.
    – Greg McGuffey
    Commented May 17, 2010 at 21:14

It is reputation based. See "What is reputation?" in the faq.

Amass enough reputation points and Super User will allow you to go beyond simply asking and answering questions:

15 Vote up
15 Flag offensive
50 Leave comments
100 Vote down (costs 1 rep), create new tags
200 Reduced advertising
250 Vote to close or open your questions
500 Retag questions
750 Edit community wiki posts
2000 Edit other people's posts
3000 Vote to close any questions
10000 Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools

At the high end of this reputation spectrum there is little difference between users with high reputation and moderators. That is very much intentional. We don't run Super User. The community does.


The limit goes away once you hit 100 reputation


Reputation, I believe. I had that limit this morning (1 question per 20 minutes) and it went away as my reputation increased.

  • @Jonathan, this is hilarious now that you have 18k rep (and yes, I know this comment will eventually itself be dated).
    – Popular Demand
    Commented May 17, 2010 at 14:07

I'm still a "new user" and I've been using this site for seven months. Essentially, you're a new user until a bunch of people get together and decided to vote you up. I know... It really has nothing to do with new, but like most bugs no one seems to care to fix it.

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    Evan, your account is very unusual. For 99.999% of accounts this is not an issue. Commented May 7, 2010 at 0:03
  • @Jeff s/your account is/you are
    – Earlz
    Commented May 7, 2010 at 0:03
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    @Evan ... I proclaim that, You are special.
    – Chacha102
    Commented May 7, 2010 at 0:07
  • @Jeff I propose a new three diamond user type just for @Evan
    – Earlz
    Commented May 7, 2010 at 0:09
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    @Earlz: why? You would get one too.
    – George Edison
    Commented May 7, 2010 at 0:33

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