can some admin please tell me why I was put on 60 min posting quota?

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Ten months have passed but my 60 minute quota hasn't been removed :(

I just posted something, then went to another board to post again and it says "Posting Quotas Are In Place
Please wait: 60 minutes" Is this just me or all of IMDB?


How long will this quota last? I was not contacted about this, it just happened. Which makes me think it's for everyone not just me?

All I can think of is someone created a "jack warned him" thread on the james garner board and I replied to that thread to say that I thought those weren't allowed anymore. Is it possible that the fact I replied to that thread got me on a quota? If so how long does it last?

It's wrong though since I haven't done anything wrong. I don't understand.

Are there any admins here who can tell me something, please? Thanks
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The Garner issues is probably a good guess.  It's best to report then ignore when those threads come up.  The site comes down pretty hard on those creating and participating in those. 

Posting quotas are not the same for everyone.  They might come down over time if you don't get reported for abuse.

Staff doesn't comment on questions about disciplinary action. See:

What are posting quotas?

Also, the message boards FAQ page says:

My posting quota has been increased. Why? How do I have it reduced?
A posting quota is defined as the amount of time that has to elapse between two consecutive posts. In other words, the quota is how long IMDb.com registered users have to wait after they've posted a message or reply before they can write another one.
Quotas are enforced to preserve system resources and improve the speed and readability of the boards. Please note that IMDbPro.com subscribers are initially exempt from quota restrictions.
All new accounts have to authenticate to be able to post. Authenticating reduces the quota by 30 seconds. Most new board users have a default 90 seconds quota. After three months of being an active board user, the quota is usually lowered to 1 minute. Good behavior may cause your quota to drop to as low as 30 seconds and bad behavior may cause it to increase.
We deliberately do not disclose when and how quotas are changed. This is done exclusively by our board admins at their discretion so please do not ask. We will not, under any circumstances, discuss or modify user quotas on request. However if your quota has increased, this is a clear sign that you have done something inappropriate (either by posting content in violation of our guidelines or by reporting messages that were not deemed to be inappropriate) and you should consider that as your final warning.


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What is the Garner issue? I'm not sure I even want to know...
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LOL.  Well, everytime a celebrity dies, some people think it's fun to post a joke.  After Heath Ledger died, someone asked Jack Nicholson for comment.  He said something like, "I warned 'em" which got quoted wrong as "I warned 'him'." James Garner just died and people must be posting it on his message board. The site is kind of "no tolerance" about it all and if they see a thread, they put the hammer down on them. But, Usually, fans gather there to post about the death and they don't really like having idiots come there and tell jokes and post ridiculous crap.  It happens, still...every time.
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What is the Garner issue? I'm not sure I even want to know...

i went there to say RIP but at the top of the board was a thread saying "jack warned him" These 'jack' threads are verboden on imdb for a while and it's been years since i've seen one, so i was curious why they let that one get posted.

i replied to that jack thread saying "i thought these threads get zapped now?" That's all i did

that was early afternoon, then tonight i realized i was on a 60 minute quota. i am not an abusive poster, i have been a member for over ten years in good standing, same account whole time, but i got punished along with the OP for that thread. (i guess this is the case. i really don't know for sure because i have not heard anything from imdb at all)

this is my best guess why it happened, based on the timing coming right after the jack thread reply

i gotta say, imdb has odd ways of handling issues. admins seem to punish good users a lot. i see a LOT OF COMPLAINTS about this

i guess they do "ready fire aim!" (but without the aim part)

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That's the way it goes on a site with 10 million message boards and on a site with about a hundred million visits per month.  There's no time to sit down and scrutinize hundreds of thousands of reports of abuse (let alone write out PM's to discuss it) in a free to use feature.  So, yeah, they expect us to report, then ignore abusers we see and not jump into the fray. It's far to difficult to tell who is abusing first and who is jumping in to fan flames later...they everyone gets a boot in the rear.

Hope your quota comes down soon!

Good luck!
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the 60 minute quota is still affecting me. does it usually last one month, or two? just curious, thanks
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I don't know, but in the past, when you'd create an account, it would be higher and then start reducing little by little, if your account remains in good standing a does not have more reports of abuse against it. I don't know if that clock starts after it's raised though.  Staff doesn't discuss it, though.

Even the Help Area states:

To prevent abuse we deliberately do not disclose when and how quotas are changed. This is done exclusively by our board admins at their discretion so please do not ask. We will not, under any circumstances, discuss or modify user quotas on request.
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hello everyone, my 60 minute quota is still in place. it started august 2014 and now it's may 2015. ISNT THIS A LITTLE EXTREME?????????????????????? not to mention that i did nothing wrong in the first place, and SHOULDNT HAVE EVEN BEEN UNDER A QUOTA AT ALL. i am a regular faithful imdb user since 2003, and this is how they treat me. i am very disappointed, and very saddened, by this inadvertent policy mishap.

can no one help me get this fixed????
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"Don't feed the trolls!"

Trolls are after recognition, no matter what type. Rants against them probably are more desired than agreements, and even comments that that type of post isn't allowed is a form of recognition.

IMDb may have this in mind when they sanction all posters to troll threads.

The correct procedure is to NOT reply, then report the person and put them on ignore.
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Hi David, I got that message last august. The actual question on the table now is... how long will the quota last... isn't ten months quota plenty long enough to make a point?
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how long will the quota last... isn't ten months quota plenty long enough to make a point?
It probably depends on how serious the problem. I know people get quite upset at trolling threads on a board for someone who has just passed away. So, I would guess they take it quite seriously.

But, again, as posted above, staff doesn't comment about peoples' account status on the message boards. I'd say, don't hold your breath for an explanation.
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I got a posting quoting for posting on PSH board for making a bad joke from his line from 'Along Came Polly". "I tried to do a fart and a little sh*t came out". But instead I said, "I tried to do a fart and died". - Boom banned, all my posting history deleted 8 years a member.. no warning, nothing. I had to register my phone number on the account to be able to post again, now I have a qouter of 1 hour, it really suck when you're having a discussion with someone. I was always a clean poster apart from that bad joke.
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That's beyond being a "bad joke." It's completely inappropriate, offensive and a violation of...well...any common sense, really.

So, what's your point/question/concern? Yes, raised quotas probably suck...that's why they use it.

Everyone, by the way, has a quota, that does not have IMDbPro. So technically you had one before but just not as long as it became after a lapse in judgement and common decency.
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Just because someone dies doesn't mean everyone handles it the same way. Sometimes people make a light hearted joke about a moment in their career that they found funny, which was intended as funny by him. We don't all have to be sad and grieve that way. People handle death differently from others and quoting his work in a joke isn't exactly a crime. 
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Just because someone dies doesn't mean everyone handles it the same way
You're absolutely correct. Many people are like you and can make a joke. Others will be deeply and profoundly upset (especially if they were already upset) and offended by a joke. Keep that in mind when the general public has access to the site's 'report abuse' function. It'll, 9 times in 10, get you reported and staff will take a no tolerance approach when sanctioning you.

We don't all have to be sad and grieve that way
I am fairly certain no one will ever argue with you on that. It's pretty obvious that we all are different and grieve differently. When you post on the internet, it's a little different than you sitting with your best friend, crackin' wise. I am sure that'd be fun and fine for you both. But on the internet, all sorts are reading.

Also, when you go to a board where people are grieving an untimely and unexpected loss, it's a little like going to a funeral. I've been to many (maybe 50?) and if you'd shown up at any of them making jokes, I and the others would have walked you out back and shut you up...that's just the way it is. But, a lot of those have been my family...not sure I'd have done more at the others than to walk discreetly up to you and tell you that if you don't shut the hell up, you'll become the deceased's new neighbor.

I don't think anyone has suggested a joke was a crime (and having to wait a while to post a comment surely can't be mistaken with being in prison???). But, you're bound to the Terms and Conditions of the site and are not expected to offend people at your own amusement.

By the way..I thought it was a little bit funny, myself...just sayin'....
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Good response. I do regret the post and understand that it wasn't appropriate, just felt the punishment out did the crime, considering I have been a terms and condition abiding contributor to the site for a long time. 6-7 years. I'm disappointed my own actions caused me to get a posting quota, but I feel after 1 year I have served the sentence. If I go pro, will this quota be removed?

Thanks.
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I am not sure. Pro members start without any quota but are still bound by the terms and conditions. I really don't know. You could try the free trial of Pro and if it doesn't help just cancel before the free period has ended.
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Since Boards are basically a non-Pro feature (IMDb removed the Pro only Boards in the last Pro revision) I am pretty sure your quota will stay in place. I have had Pro since the beginning of 2007, and have as far as I know never been sanctioned, yet I do have a posting quota (of 30 seconds) that I see from time to time.

You might want to try bluesmanSF's suggestion, just in case I am wrong. Just note that if you do not explicitly cancel the Pro option before the end of the 30 day period, you will be billed automatically with no further notice (as he noted). Also, once you have used the Free trial, you cannot use it again, even if you only tried if for a day or two.
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