When I run https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/create-question from the doc page and from my app. The response is sometimes nonsense:

    "error_id": 407,
    "error_message": "You cannot perform this action for another 48 seconds",
    "error_name": "write_failed"

What is the reason for this?

1 Answer 1


You are probably having this error because of throttles (most likely per-method throttles) that are used to prevent abusive usage. Have a look at related documentation page in order to learn more about throttles. Normally you should wait for a specified period which is returned in the backoff field of the previous response.

  • Is this the backoff returned in the previous response that tells to wait for a specified time?
    – amit jha
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 6:27
  • @amitjha yes it should be returned in the previous response. Changed the answer to reflect that. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 6:40

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