# remove new user restrictions

Milestone privilege awarded at 10 reputation

### What are the new user restrictions?

New users cannot:

• post more than eight hyperlinks at a time, either in a post or their user profile
• contribute answers to protected questions

### Why are restrictions placed on new users?

Because we allow participation from anonymous internet users, we must take some precautions to ensure that the rare malicious or spammy anonymous user doesn't ruin the experience for everyone else.

We're sorry that we have to sandbox new users, but the first few upvotes on your questions or answers will quickly elevate you out of it!

### What are protected questions?

Questions may be protected when more than 3 new users have posted poor answers or if more than 5 new users have posted non-answers like "I have the same problem." and "thanks!"

Once you’ve earned 10 reputation points from participating on this site, you’ll be able to answer a protected question.

• bare urls https://example.com
• HTML <a href="https://example.com">example link</a>
• Markdown [example link](https://example.com)