I'm asking this question because of Can't answer protected question despite meeting reputation requirement:
For the purposes of your reputation "on this site", Stack Exchange has calculated the following:
- Registered an account: 1 rep earned (total earned: 1, total rep: 1)
- Association bonus: 0 rep earned (total earned: 1, total rep: 101)
- Question upvotes: 40 rep earned (total earned: 41, total rep: 141)
- Suggested edits: 2 rep earned (total earned: 43, total rep: 143)
- Bounty offered: -100 rep earned (total earned: -57, total rep: 43)
I have known that association bonus is ignored, and just knew that bounty is also considered in the calculation; I don't have any problems with that.
One thing that strikes me is, the poster is the author of the question. In this case, I think it's an edge case since the author also put a bounty, making their earned rep without the bonus go negative. (This might be discussed further, since losing privileges after putting a bounty is status-bydesign).
However, what if a new user (1 rep) asks a question, then for some reason beyond their control, their question gets protected? In this case, the author cannot self-answer their own question because of the minimum required reputation. If it is, then honestly, I feel bad for the author if they get penalized for something that wasn't their fault.
Some may argue that this will defeat one of the objectives of protecting questions (from What is a “protected” or "highly active" question?):
Some questions are protected because they are expected to attract either spam or users -- often new users -- who may mistake the site as a traditional forum, posting "noisy" answers such as "thank you", "this worked for me", or "I'm also having the same problem".
Honestly, I haven't thought that this might be a big issue (I observed many NAAs from random users, but from authors themselves, I found it rarer, as authors are prompted to edit or comment before they can self-answer). I could think of a new feature request to put answer-ban on particular question and by particular user, but that might be not feasible due to bigger change that might be too complex. If any of you have better suggestion about this, then feel free to chime in!
I think this is similar to Allow new users to post self answers at any time, but that question focuses more on the former 8-hour restriction for new users to self-answer.