I tried to post an answer in the Formatting Sandbox

I got this:

Banner that locks me out

...but I am able to post a comment in the formatting sandbox

A test comment screenshot

...and I have more than 10 rep on MSE:

my rep

One needs 10 reputation to post an answer in a protected post, but I have more than 10, and I am allowed to post comments, which is a 50 rep privilege.

Then why am I not allowed to post an answer in the formatting sandbox?

  • I unprotected it, now you can post your answers. (it got auto protected, probably after deletion of several answers from low rep users) Sep 11, 2014 at 11:38
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    Cheers, it's a never ending battle with Community account since answers there get deleted very often. If it happens again feel free to ping me here, or ask in the Tavern from any 15k user to unprotect it again. :-) Sep 11, 2014 at 11:43
  • I checked how bullets and headings work in the formatting sandbox Sep 11, 2014 at 12:19
  • Nice, fair use of the sandbox. :-) Sep 11, 2014 at 12:25
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    Much time passed since... :)
    – nicael
    Nov 17, 2014 at 16:52
  • It all started here @nic, I really wanted to earn 10 repz that day :) Nov 17, 2014 at 17:01

1 Answer 1


You only have 2 rep earned on this site.

The other 101 points come from the initial 1 everyone gets and the 100 point account association bonus.

So to be able to edit protected questions (which the sandbox question is) you need to have at least 111 reputation here.

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