Maybe there are others out there who could use this information. I just got reinstated to SBNation after being banned by an autobot on Friday night. Here's what happened and how to avoid it.
When I tried to post more than two times in an hour on Friday night, I received a notice that I was posting too frequently and should wait a while before starting again. I don't remember the exact language of the warning but it did not say wait an hour. So I tried again every five or ten minutes, and eventually found myself banned, with all my posts deleted, including Friday night's thread discussing other NBA games.
I sent a message firstname.lastname@example.org but apparently no one was there over the weekend. Today I received this explanation:
Your account has been reinstated and your content has been restored. This is a spam protection measure that sometimes catches legitimate users. So you are aware of the guidelines in the future, if you post more than two posts in an hour, a throttle violation is issued. If you receive more than five throttle violations in a 24 hour period the system automatically bans your account. I apologize for the inconvenience.
So don't post more than twice in an hour. And if you receive a warning that you have posted too often, wait an hour to post again.