Is it allowed to use multiple accounts to ask questions on the same topics, in this forum to get around the limit of 6 questions per day?

I really like an explanation as to why we are not allowed to ask more than 6 questions per day. But is there actually a rule against it?

Because if you've asked 6 questions in a 24 hour period, that's a sign it's time to do some research on your own, or actually get some work done.

Seriously, that's a lot. It has nothing to do with the possible reputation gain and everything to do with the fact that this is a site staffed entirely by volunteers, who give freely of their own time and expertise to answer your questions. You're just taking advantage of that unjustifiably if you don't expend any effort to find answers to your questions on your own.

Asking this many questions is almost always a good sign that you're not putting enough effort into each question. There's no way you can research and write more than 6 quality questions in a 24 hour period. At least not if you sleep and eat and all those other things. And if you're not doing those things, then consider this question limit a public service for your health.

Moreover, keep in mind that there are other users who wish to use and benefit from the site as well. All of the questions you ask necessarily draw time and attention away from the questions posted by other users. Spreading questions out over a longer period of time gives everyone a more reasonable chance for their questions to "shine" (i.e., appear on the home page).

For example, I think, these accounts are owned by the same person:

Evidence that these accounts belong to the same person

  • John Gu and John John are very similar account names
  • Both accounts only ask questions and never answer them: John John asked 438 questions / gave 1 answer. John Gu asked 1112 questions / gave 22 answers.
  • Both accounts often prefer not to capitalize "I" when they refer to themselves. enter image description here
  • Both accounts use MS paint for highlighting screenshots with a rectangle that is exactly 5 pixels in width: enter image description here
  • both accounts are interested in exactly the same task at the same time:

Example. John Gu exceeded 6 questions per day limit and had to use John John to ask the same question again enter image description here

Another example. Same question about lookups and 1+ million items support enter image description here

John also cross-posts the same questions to at least 4 sites at the same time. Stack Exchange, techcommunity.microsoft.com and to Microsoft's forum.

Example of Cross-site posting with nearly identical question

Another Example of Cross-site posting with nearly identical question

There are multiple other examples.

So what do you recommend? Everything is fine? Or something isn't right here?

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    Thank you @denis for your great effort to raise such cases in our community! actually, I don't have a clear answer right now. however, let me share your question with our Community manager and other moderators, and will feedback to you soon! Nov 14, 2021 at 22:17
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    @MohamedEl-QassasMVP Is the limit 6 questions per day (and 50 questions per month) actually enabled on SharePoint? The FAQ post on Meta Stack Exchange says that only four sites in the network have such limit, see: The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide (current revision).
    – Martin
    Nov 18, 2021 at 3:55
  • Well, I once faced this limit myself on this forum when I tried asking 7 questions on a same day. One separate question about each undocumented SharePoint Online site collection feature. Nov 18, 2021 at 3:58
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    In my view, creating two accounts to get around the restrictions of the site is bad behaviour and should be dealt with by moderators. If you are able to create multiple accounts to ask more questions, what is stopping you upvoting your own questions with a second account to ensure your question gets the most visibility. Feb 16, 2022 at 13:53
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    In general, you shouldn't use multiple accounts to do anything that you wouldn't be able to do with just account (including circumventing system restrictions).
    – V2Blast
    Jun 9, 2022 at 17:38
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tl;dr - It's not allowed, and you should raise a moderator flag for moderators to investigate and handle as appropriate.

The general rule for multiple accounts is "don't do anything you can't do with only one account". Normally, that applies to things like voting, accepting, reviewing, etc. However, it also applies to "hitting the system-imposed ceiling on number of questions asked per day".

If you are not yet convinced, let's apply the same argument but just lower the numbers to someone who has a "full" question ban, imposed by the system automatically. In a full suspension of asking privileges, a user is only allowed to post one question every 6 months.

If this user creates another account to ask more questions, that's considered an attempt to circumvent a ban, and is not allowed. It is, essentially, creating a new account to get around a system-imposed limit, which is exactly what this user is doing. Do your civic duty (not to be confused with the Civic Duty badge...) and raise a custom moderator flag if you see this.

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