That happened to me with the screengrabs thread. And I was following the rules (no more than 3 photos in a post) but following the rule required doing more than 3 posts in a row (and I didn’t do them one after the other, I waited to try the 4th). It was early in the morn (in my neck of the woods) but thankfully @MichaelRobertson was online and helped me out by posting a pic.
And I’m not sure anyone posted after that, or at least didn’t for a long while. So if not for Michael…
Hmmm. True. The thread you reference is an excellent example.
It might be a thing to prevent someone from overtaking a thread. Or, in what’s very likely a rare case, farming certain badges. The “explain a plot badly” thread has kind of a particular, succinct thing goin’ that isn’t an expected “use case”.
I can also see it stifling the participation of a user who isn’t online every day and their favorite thread is really active. They won’t be able to reply to everything they want to, if they come at the wrong time.
I at first thought that the 3-reply wrist slap was meant to deter trolling a particular person you didn’t get along with? But then the slap message suggests sending that person a DM, which… uh, Discourse: perhaps you want to rethink this plan…?
Out of curiosity, I looked, it was the thread with Yucca Flats, Death Ray, etc. I posted 3, waited a day, but no one posted. And no one posted after me, either. I’d have been stuck in limbo if not for the helping hand.
I’ve had that warning in the Explain a MST3K episode plot badly. thread. I suppose I could just post the random plots in one, but I usually think of one and post it and then think of another, and quite frankly I like seeing just one in a post rather than a whole bunch. However, that’s my own personal preference.
It happened to me in The Lounge during Halloween weekend; I get that not a lot of people were online during a busy weekend, but I was posting random clips for people to check out at their leisure. Then I got completely stalled out because no one replied for a day.
I wonder if there’s a way to do time, as in, no more than three consecutive posts in a hour or something. Spammers are not known for their patience, LOL!