If you do not have participation rights in a debate, you are not able to directly create claims or comments. Instead, you can suggest claims or improvements which can then be accepted or responded to by any debate Admin (see: Suggesting Claims and Suggesting Improvements), or you can request Writer rights (see: Requesting Writer Rights).
You are able to suggest claims and comments, or submit participation requests to a combined total of 10 pending suggestions/requests per day (this limit resets over the course of a day - you can think of this as a pool which fills up again over a 24 hour period). If you attempt to exceed this limit, a pop-up will appear to remind you that the limit has been reached. For every one of your suggestions or requests that are accepted, you may submit another suggestion (for example, if you have 10 pending suggested claims and one is accepted, you can make another suggestion).
There are multiple reasons we have this limit, including:
- Bot protection: spambots often target sites to advertise links to other, sometimes malicious, websites (amongst other things). The suggestion limit mitigates the disruption spam- and other types of bots can cause. Instances of this should be reported (see: Reporting Breaches of Community Guidelines).
- Spam protection: like bots, individuals may sometimes register with the intention of spamming messages or advertisements as claims or comments in debates. Instances of this should be reported (see: Reporting Breaches of Community Guidelines).
- Preventing new users from having a frustrating experience: new users, who may not yet fully understand the Kialo platform, can spend significant amounts of time suggesting claims in debates which end up being unsuitable (such as duplicate claims). The suggestion limit mitigates this, while also allowing new users who suggest suitable claims (which are accepted) to continue contributing. As users get the grasp of the system, they acquire Writer rights in debates, and become less reliant on suggestion-making to participate.
- Preventing debate Admins from being flooded: it can be easy for Admins in debates to be overwhelmed by suggestions from users (especially in popular debates). The suggestion limit allows users to contribute a reasonable amount of suggestions in debates (where they have no participation rights) while also lowering the risk of Admins being overwhelmed.
Note that this limit only exists for debates which you do not have participation rights in. There are no limits to contributing claims or comments in debates where you have Writer permissions or higher.