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This isn't mentioned in the privileges that are gained at 100 rep (which are create chat rooms and edit community wiki posts), or the 10 rep Remove new user restrictions.

I sometimes have to look up this privilege so I can respond to people saying "Why are you answering your question in a comment rather than an answer?" to new users.

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You can't just wait out the 8 hours? Or get 100 rep? – Robert Harvey Nov 30 '11 at 4:26
@RobertHarvey lots of people don't bother to wait. – Sathya Nov 30 '11 at 4:50
@RobertHarvey If by "you" you mean "random drive-by users" – Michael Mrozek Nov 30 '11 at 4:55
@RobertHarvey: So slindsey3000 in this question shouldn't have posted that he worked it out until the 8 hours are up? – Andrew Grimm Nov 30 '11 at 5:26
If the rule is no good, it should be abolished. I suspect, however, that it was put in for a good reason. – Robert Harvey Nov 30 '11 at 5:27
Also: pinging @Waffles to please let 'er rip :-) – Sathya Nov 30 '11 at 6:01
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Added the note about self-answer privilege to Meta's privilege, waffles(or someone from the dev team) will have to put this to the rest of the sites.

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