I wanted to answer a question on a SE site, it says

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 on this site.

I have 101 rep on that site, and I can answer other questions so I'm not banned. So why can't I answer that one?

  • Your association bonus does not count for protected questions. Jan 13, 2014 at 22:46
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    @MartijnPieters ahhh ok
    – Lynob
    Jan 13, 2014 at 22:46
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    The key part of that message is "you must have earned at least 10 rep on this site". In other words, association bonus doesn't count; just because you have rep somewhere else doesn't mean you understand what's expected at that site. Jan 13, 2014 at 22:50
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    @MartijnPieters maybe it's time someone will start feature request asking to change the wording, at least make it "you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site (excluding bonuses)"? :) Jan 13, 2014 at 22:56
  • @ShadowWizard I agree
    – Lynob
    Jan 13, 2014 at 22:59
  • @ShadowWizard, I did: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/231012/… May 5, 2014 at 0:10
  • @Paul oops, didn't notice it was already suggested when posting above comment. Well, you did get some rep out of it so all is good. ;) May 5, 2014 at 5:45
  • @ShadowWizard, look at the date. You were my inspiration :) May 5, 2014 at 5:51

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The key word in that phrase is earned. I have over 200 rep, so I could join sites that I know nothing about, and I would essentially be useless there, so I couldn't contribute anything of worth to those questions.


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