OK so clearly I misunderstood the configuration options I found. Indeed I now found two different settings. The one I had found before:
- max consecutive replies: 3
Number of posts a user has to make in a row in a topic before being prevented from adding another reply.
and now I found that one:
- newuser max replies per topic: 3
Maximum number of replies a new user can make in a single topic until someone replies to them.
I guess you hit the second one. I have now bumped that one to 30.
Honestly, it’s quite possible to do that very legitimately, if you reply to several different posts using their post-specific reply button. That’s desirable because the replies link to the posts they were replying to. So yes, given my (now obviously wrong) understanding of the configuration I had done before, this is what I thought you might have done. I do it myself every now and then.
Again, that’s a consequence of Discourse’s default config. It’s amazing how many config options there are. In this case:
- tl1 requires topics entered: 5
How many topics a new user must enter before promotion to trust level 1.
- tl1 requires read posts: 30
How many posts a new user must read before promotion to trust level 1.
- tl1 requires time spent mins: 10
How many minutes a new user must read posts before promotion to trust level 1.
I have manually bumped you the next level.