Limts regarding multiple consecutive posts by same user

Just wanted to let you know that I don’t think that’s actually the case. You get an intimidating notice when you make three posts, but you can ignore it and still add more posts anyway. I’ve done it a few times, and Ven. Yodha has done it regularly on the doodle threads.


Have you? It simply didn’t post my new posts…


Here’s an obvious case where I made lots more than 3 posts:

And you can check the doodles threads for Ven. Yodha. There are plenty of examples.


I don’t know about this particular case, but generally speaking, different user levels within the Discourse system allows different things.

It may also be that subsequent to @musiko’s administrative updates, custom settings that permitted actions beforehand may have been reset. Again I don’t know if this applies here, but just suggesting possibilities to explain why both accounts may be true.


Yes but I think Anagarika Sabbamitta and I are on the same level. If anything, she’s a lot more active on discourse than I am… It’s really weird that she can’t post.

Anyway, now I’ve derailed the thread enough and will shut up… :zipper_mouth_face:


Or is the constraint 3 posts a day? (It’s correct that you are both on the same user level.)
@musiko can you shed light please?

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I have indeed been wondering how you did this.

No, the posts are all on different days. And when trying to make a fourth one it was again some time later.

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Since we are both on the same user level, lets test it.


I’ll try to make four posts in a row.


This is the third post, one more.

Edit: Anagarika Sabbamitta is right, I can’t make any more posts. This must be a new thing.


May I salute and share my delight in your commitment to inquisitive endeavour! :grin:


Might there be a difference in Original Poster and Comment Posters in regards to 3 in a row in Discourse? This might be independent of user class.


Thank you, @Viveka, for splitting this. :pray:


Indeed, this is correct. It was introduced in Nov. '18 as part of Discourse 2.2.0.beta5 Release Notes - announcements - Discourse Meta

Limit consecutive replies

Do your users like to reply to themselves in a topic over and over again? Or reply to different users each as a new reply instead of quoting? Discourse now limits users to no more than 3 consecutive replies. If the user attempts to post more the reply will not be posted, and they’ll be instructed to edit their last post instead. …

The way to work around this limitation is to create a topic, and then one can post unlimited replies to oneself.



  1. Karl: Karl?
  2. Karl: Yes?
  3. Karl: How are you?
  4. Karl: Why do you ask?

Well the Buddha used to do this, at least according to the Niddesa. The Niddesa author says that questions put to the Buddha are of three kinds: manussapucchā, amanussapucchā and nimmitapucchā, that is, questions asked by humans, questions asked by non-humans, and then questions that the Buddha asks himself after creating a mind-made body. Apparently the last is a tactic he resorts to if nobody in the audience has the nous to ask a good question or if someone has a doubt but is too shy to express it.


Wow thanks for that Ven Dhammanando!

Completely off topic… but… :sweat_smile:

The last strategy reminds me of a training strategy I used to use quite a lot. Living in seclusion and in absence of a teacher, I constructed/created a wise mentor to whom I could put questions (her name was Menta), and who in turn would ask ‘me’ questions to try to cut through delusion. It was an invaluable strategy. I even formalised it, by doing it in a journal as if a correspondence. Of course this is a ‘last resort’ when there are no real teachers available with the real danger of being led completely astray… this was with no access to the internet

Thanks for the info, I had thought I was a bit mad :crazy_face:, but hey the Buddha did it too :smiley:


Oh no, I love this strategy. This, “taking the perspective of someone a little wiser than you” strategy creeps up a few times in the Canon, most memorably for me in the “Ten Subjects” sutta where we chant:

Can I fault myself with regard to my virtue?

And then immediately also ask:

Can my knowledgeable fellows in the holy life, on close examination, fault me with regard to my virtue?

I find that the second question often brings up things the first one missed! Homage to the Blessed One!