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I spent a long time writing the answer I found to a question that I asked and only after I hit submit, I got this:

Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: New users can't answer their own question for 8 hours. Please use comments, or edit your question instead.

Besides that fact that my privileges page shows that I am not a new user, why is there no warning about this beforehand?
The third thing from the bottom of stackoverflow.com/privileges (when I go to it) is

remove new user restrictions 100%

Separately, do I need to do something to have the restriction-removal take effect? There is no documentation that I could find that says that.

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Privileges unlock automatically (and instantly) as you gain reputation. I don't know what the minimum is here. –  SLaks May 26 '11 at 1:56
    

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I just edited the copy

New copy is:

Users with less than 100 reputation can't answer their own question for 8 hours. Please use comments, or edit your question instead."

This check is really important, historically we got lots of new users that treat SO like a BBS, and start a discussion on their own question. This feature stops a lot of the noise.

Apologies for the collateral damage.

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Thanks. Well, maybe before tonight is over I will have 100. Will you add it to the privileges page too? –  yakatz May 26 '11 at 4:13
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does your fix also save users from wasting their time crafting an answer that you subsequently reject? –  Benjol May 26 '11 at 4:56
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@Benjol not really, but we do save a draft, I wonder if they can get at it. Agree we should stop them earlier –  waffles May 26 '11 at 5:18
    
A couple of words on BBS (real brief)... please? Guessing its meaning being Bulletin Board System, I'm unsure about its cons .. Thanks. (BBS seems to be behind my time) –  panny Dec 24 '12 at 2:56
    
BBS = bulletin board system –  waffles Dec 24 '12 at 8:20

You need to get some amount of reputation to be considered "old"; probably between 25 and 100.

I can't find any documentation of that, though.

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It's not in stackoverflow.com/privileges –  SLaks May 26 '11 at 1:21
    
The third thing from the bottom of stackoverflow.com/privileges (when I go to it) is "remove new user restrictions 100%" –  yakatz May 26 '11 at 1:26
    
Surely this must be a bug. The page even mentions that the first few upvotes on your questions or answers will quickly elevate you out of it! @yakatz clearly exceeded that and shouldn't be considered a restricted new user. –  Jeff Mercado May 26 '11 at 1:41

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