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Reddit error message explained: "you are trying to submit too fast"

Updated on September 21, 2011

you are trying to submit too fast

If you are getting this message in reddit, there is nothing wrong with your procedure in summiting the story on reddit. The message "you are trying to submit too fast" indicates that reddit is not capable of handling new submitted story properly and they are by themselves making its users away from Reddit.

My very first experience with Reddit was: immediately after I registered a new account, I tried to submit a story, and got the message "you are trying to submit too fast"! After many frustrating re-try and looking for help information, ultimately I submitted my first story after 10 minute.

This was my 1st and most annoying experience with Reddit. At that time I realise that how easy to submit stories in Digg and how well are the defined steps to get into front page on Digg.

Your karma

Later, I learned from some other source (not from Reddit) that how frequent you are allowed to submit a link on Reddit depends on your karma (the Reddit score). For example, when your karma is one (a newly registered user), it allows you to submit a story every 10 minutes. If you try to submit more within 10 minutes, you will get the "you are trying to submit too fast" error message. When your karma is 10, it takes about 5 minutes to be able to post again. Once your karma reaches 100, you will rarely run into the "submit too fast" problem.

I think that it is a policy of Reddit to prevent spambots. What upset people is that there is not enough information when they give you the message. It would be more useful to get a message that says "Try again in NN minutes" giving you a wait time that will allow you to submit a link if you can wait that long. Again, I suspect that their reasoning is that they don't want spammers knowing how often they can retry.

I think they have overdone it, and this anti-spam policy just put off people, specially new users.


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      Johnc108 4 years ago

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      It seems I have to wait a minimum of 48 hours between submitting links.

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      C_sharp_minor 6 years ago

      I have over 500 karma, and it still says to try again in an hour. I've waited over a day, and it still says this. Can anyone help? If so, please PM me at C_sharp_minor. Thanks!

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      Urist 6 years ago

      You should search and post links/news etc to their related channels - I got 23 karma in 8 hours!

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      Generic Viagra 6 years ago

      I have been a member for so long with activity here and there. Still got only '1' karma point and I cannot post a comment frequently

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      From Reddit with Love 6 years ago

      That's a pretty funny article. 3 years later, Reddit gets over a billion pageviews a month, while Digg shat all over it's userbase and is now under 200 million.

      The new submission limit is still there, and still working as planned, which is why the site is almost entirely spam and "power-user" free.

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      Thomas Sabo Australia 7 years ago

      Really like your article, always concerned about your latest developments, see your article I have great benefits, and look forward to your updates.

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      Free Windows 7 Themes 7 years ago

      This damn thing keeps happening to me as well :/

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 7 years ago from UK

      Calm down.

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      Marius 7 years ago

      damn... not even comment's can't be submitted one after the other, unless waiting for 10 minutes .. damn... and I have like 500 karma points..

      I think I'l get back to

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      ludmilla701 7 years ago from U.A.E.

      Great hub! Happy hubbing.

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      Sean Hearnden 7 years ago

      I was just about to gve up on Reddit (I am a new user) so thank you for this :D

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      Ivan 8 years ago

      I've got well over 100 karma, and this seem to be a new thing for me.

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      dsadsa 8 years ago

      recommendation (she knew the reddit creator), I wouldn't have dumped Digg to reddit but I follow both Digg/Reddit these days. That is how I spend my leisure time at work!

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      iLikeMyiPhone 8 years ago

      I have been a member for so long with activity here and there. Still got only '1' karma point and I cannot post a comment frequently. That is the only time I hate reddit. If not for this beautiful girl's recommendation (she knew the reddit creator), I wouldn't have dumped Digg to reddit but I follow both Digg/Reddit these days. That is how I spend my leisure time at work!

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      meinsla 8 years ago

      My karma is over 1,000 and I am still getting this message. I only posted once today.

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      club penguin cheats 8 years ago

      I tried submitting as soon as I signed up and got the same message. Just as I was about to give up, I thought of googleing it and this post actually helped me.

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      Vinod Kumar 8 years ago

      Man, its is pure insulting. The reddit people think they are big. So they can do what ever with their site. They forget that people, community is making their site big. I suggest everyone abandon reddit.

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      John Finkel 9 years ago

      This policy keeps me from posting all the time, as I refuse to sign up for an account (I have far too many accounts on Web sites already), opting to use accounts on Bugmenot instead, which are constantly being deleted.

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      RedditHater 9 years ago

      I just ran into this problem right now, and I am pissed that I have to wait 10 minutes to repost my comment because it wasn't showing up probably due to some bug.

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      joe 9 years ago

      I can understand restricting story submission this way, but despite having great comment karma, I get the same message, with a ten-minute timeout, just between submitting comments. Which I find incredibly silly.

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      Chadrew 9 years ago

      Bah, now I finally get it why I can't even comment properly. Thanks for the info.

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 9 years ago from UK

      I just realised that hubpages had removed reddit from its 'Share it' links.

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      Tian 9 years ago

      I don't agree that it has to do with your karma. While I do have very low karma (4), I hadn't submitted anything in weeks, and I got this error on my first try today. So it has nothing to do with posting links in quick succession, but more likely points to a bug in their system...

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      Mike 9 years ago

      I just tried the exact same thing and have a "Karma" of zero.

      My very first post was rejected with "you are submitting too fast" - my FIRST attempt at posting... Clarification is definitely needed and I'm second-guessing my reddit account... seems useless. Cheers

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      travel agent online 9 years ago

      Yea, I'm getting that message a lot!How annoying..

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      dc 10 years ago

      so very true !! same thing happened to me. horrible first experience

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      Angad Sodhi 10 years ago

      Thank you for the info mate!

      I tried submitting as soon as I signed up and got the same message. Just as I was about to give up, I thought of googleing it and this post actually helped me. Thank you for the post.

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      AskSusanPeters 10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I, too, got upset by this message and stopped submitting to Readit. I never bothered to check into why I was getting this message.

      Thank you so much for the information you have given!


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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      I Had not tried and after reading your Hub, I am in no hurry to experiment

      Thank you


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