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In essence: "This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation (not including the [association bonus](link to help page)) on this site."

Suggested addition to existing message in bold.

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Why would we need that? –  ɥʇǝS Apr 2 '13 at 17:49
It already says: "you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site". Seems clear enough to me. –  Bart Apr 2 '13 at 17:53
Agree with Bart. It says "on this site". Why is removing an informational link going to make it more clear? –  Cody Gray Apr 2 '13 at 18:00
@Bart Please read linked disscussion. –  user11153 Apr 2 '13 at 18:08
@user11153 I did. Still don't see the point. So it confused you. Just read it again. The information is already there. –  Bart Apr 2 '13 at 18:20
Shouldn't it be "excluding the association bonus"? But otherwise I'd agree, I've had to tell several people why they can't post even though they have 101 rep –  Ben Brocka Apr 2 '13 at 19:37
@CodyGray mis-interpretation of what I wrote. It's better explaining the removal. The "not including" part is actually the text that would be written, not a suggestion to remove that info. –  Jeff Ferland Apr 2 '13 at 20:01
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I think it's a good idea - to me, it isn't immediately clear that this is the case from the original description alone (after all, I have that much reputation - how is it not on this site?). I assume the reputation link goes to the general FAQ on reputation, which also doesn't address this particularity.

As an added bonus, it also introduces newer users to the association bonus (I didn't know that happened until it actually did, although that was a nice surprise).

That said, your suggested rewording made more sense before the edit. It should be something like:

You must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site (without an association bonus).

The link should still be there, but you must earn 10 reputation without the association bonus.

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