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I saw this notice on this question on Meta Stack Overflow.
I think that "you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site" is not really true, it should be "you must have earned at least 10 reputation on the main site", because you can't earn rep on metas.

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But the reputation can take up to an hour to update from the main site to the meta site. So your reputation may not always match what is on the main site. The change would be misleading as it would imply that once you achieve that reputation on the main site, you immediately have access to post an answer there, which is not true.

I think a better and more sensible solution would just be eliminating the word "earned" on per-site metas if it's really confusing people.

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    But the "earned" is there for another reason: it's not enough to simply have >10 reputation on a site; people who have 101 reputation from the rep bonus still can't answer a protected question. You must have earned 10 reputation on that site in order to answer it. (Though I don't know if anyone who didn't already know this would pick up this subtlety.) – doppelgreener Jun 3 '14 at 23:40

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