Basically what's in the title: I've reached my monthly question limit and I considered making a second account, but I won't until I know if this is frowned upon or not here.

Is it wrong to make a second account if you've reached your monthly asking limit?

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    $\begingroup$ As Arthur Fischer states in his answer, the point of having a limit at all is so that people are, at least a little, choosy about which questions they ask. It's bad enough that some users just copy their HW problems (verbatim, w/ no effort) here. It would be worse if we allowed them to do that for every HW problem they got. At least now, they have to perform triage on their HW problems before posting them. $\endgroup$ – TravisJ Sep 25 '15 at 15:42

Yes, this would be frowned upon.

Essentially having multiple accounts is fine if you don't do anything with the combination of the accounts that you can't do with a single account. The most obvious example of this is voting on your own posts: you can't upvote your own posts, so using another account to upvote your posts is bad. (Very bad.)

Asking more than the system-limited number of questions also falls under this. (You can't ask more than 50 questions per month with one account, so using two accounts to ask 100 questions is bad.) This makes asking questions a "limited resource" with the intention that users treat this as such.

Accounts created to circumvent system-imposed restrictions can be unceremoniously deleted (and your main account may also be penalised). With respect to question-asking rate limits, even before a moderator steps in, if the system detects that an account has been set up to bypass these, that new account will be automatically blocked from asking questions, too.

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    $\begingroup$ I guess "frowned upon" is a bit of an understatement. $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kildetoft Sep 25 '15 at 7:55
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    $\begingroup$ @TobiasKildetoft Perhaps. But this gives room for when users inquire about doing more odious things. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Sep 25 '15 at 11:16

This would be a usage of multiple accounts that is considered as not allowed. Please do not do this.

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    $\begingroup$ The principle is right, but as far as I know, SE doesn't have a blanket rule against having / using multiple accounts. Indeed, I think this is the recommended way for a registered user to ask a question anonymously - make a second account. $\endgroup$ – Nate Eldredge Oct 5 '15 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ That's true. Thus I did not say that the usage of multiple accounts is not allowed, only that the described way to use multiple accounts is a usage that is not allowed. $\endgroup$ – quid Oct 5 '15 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ Oh I see. I just parsed your sentence wrong. Thanks for the clarification. $\endgroup$ – Nate Eldredge Oct 5 '15 at 23:19

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