This question is protected. To answer it, I must have at least 10 reputation.

Word meaning "to walk clumsily among many obstacles"?

Ignoring the association bonus of 100, I should at least have 73.

Yet, the Android app does not show the blue "Add an Answer" button at the bottom. The app also does not show the protection status.

If I view the question in the desktop or mobile browser (and I'm signed in), I can add an answer there.

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    App even doesn't show that question is protected.
    – nicael
    Oct 18, 2014 at 20:42
  • Thanks @nicael. I have added that.
    – ADTC
    Oct 18, 2014 at 20:45
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    Well, iOS app does show a banner that it's protected but also doesn't allow adding answer. Looks like both apps assume that if a question got a "notice", it can't be answered. Oct 18, 2014 at 21:50
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    I am running into the same issue - very annoying because protected questions are often interesting but do not always have a great answer... How come there is no apparent response from the development team on this?
    – Floris
    Jul 21, 2015 at 6:46
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    @Floris only one developer, and there are probably more urgent bugs. (e.g. this one) Jul 21, 2015 at 11:15
  • @ShadowWizard sure - but since this bug seems to be common across platforms there should be a common fix so really we have two developers... Usually there is at least an ACK from the dev team but here - nothing?
    – Floris
    Jul 21, 2015 at 15:49
  • @Floris actually there's ACK from the team in <1% of the bugs. Jul 21, 2015 at 16:44
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    @ShadowWizard I must have been unusually lucky in a he past then. Thanks for the dose of reality.
    – Floris
    Jul 21, 2015 at 16:59

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We used to have a really complex and super annoying way of checking user permissions for most things (e.g. checking for mod-ship, reputation, etc all on the client side) -- Since then, our API has gotten a can_answer attribute on questions (which we're already using on iOS).

As of any version greater than 1.0.81, we now use this field rather than doing the check for if you can answer on the client side. This means you will now see an "Add Answer" button on posts that are protected. You should see version 1.0.82 hitting the beta tier later today or tomorrow.

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