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You need 10 reputation to answer protected questions. I know that they ignore the Association Bonus, but I'm still 433 reputation over the requirement.

I don't see an answer box on any protected questions. For example, here's a random protected question: PHP Parse/Syntax Errors; and How to solve them?

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A screenshot is:

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No answer box at the bottom!

It's not that I want to answer that specific question, I'm just reporting a bug.

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    Are you trying to answer a locked question? Nobody can answer locked questions. Is the question closed, in addition to being protected? – Servy Jun 19 '15 at 19:47
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    Do you have any plug-ins/extensions/user scripts installed? What happens when you disable them all? – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 19:59
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    @Oded I doubt very much that any extensions can prevent you from answering protected questions on SE. That's ridiculous xD – nicael Jun 19 '15 at 20:01
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    @nicael - you'd be surprised at what some extensions do to a page. Just trying to rule out things. – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 20:03
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    Strangely there is also no protection notice in your screenshot. – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 20:07
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    consider also checking whether you are indeed logged in - I sometimes bump into that by mistake – gnat Jun 19 '15 at 20:09
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    It's something to do with the account, because how can I check my reputation if I'm logged out? Firefox shows the same thing. – clickbait Jun 19 '15 at 20:10
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    I do wonder if a reboot will fix the issue (not kidding). – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 20:14
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    Since when has Oded been outsourced to India? – Servy Jun 19 '15 at 20:19
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    @gnat while not logged in, you see "share/improve this answer" instead of "share/edit/flag" (seen in the screenshots). – Blas Soriano Jun 19 '15 at 20:19
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    @BlasSoriano good catch; screen shot sufficiently proves that OP is logged in – gnat Jun 19 '15 at 20:21
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    @Servy - I've seen stranger reports (every S on the page is blank, on multiple browsers on a linux box. A reboot later and they are back). – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 20:26
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    Have you actually tried that, @Narawa? Did you reboot? Still seeing the same? Reason we are asking is that non of us ever saw anything like that, and personally, I would like to rule out your machine having some weird memory issues at the moment. – Oded Jun 19 '15 at 20:44
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    Does it happen in other protected questions, or only that specific question? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 19 '15 at 23:00
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    All protected questions. – clickbait Jun 20 '15 at 16:10
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That's ridiculous in any way seen. Try to execute my answer-form-adding JavaScript:

javascript:document.getElementsByClassName("bottom-notice")[0].innerHTML='<form%20id="post-form"%20action="/questions/'+window.location.href.split('/')[4]+'/answer/submit"%20method="post"%20class="post-form"><input%20type="hidden"%20id="post-id"%20value="'+window.location.href.split('/')[4]+'"><input%20type="hidden"%20id="qualityBanWarningShown"%20name="qualityBanWarningShown"%20value="false"><h2%20class="space">Your%20Answer</h2><script>StackExchange.ready(function()%20{initTagRenderer("bug%20feature-request%20discussion%20support".split("%20"),%20"faq%20status-completed%20status-declined%20status-bydesign%20status-norepro%20status-reproduced%20status-planned%20status-deferred%20status-review%20featured%20community-ads".split("%20"));prepareEditor({heartbeatType:%20\'answer\',bindNavPrevention:%20true,postfix:%20"",onDemand:%20false,discardSelector:%20".discard-answer"});});</script><div%20id="post-editor"%20class="post-editor"><div%20style="position:%20relative;"><div%20class="wmd-container"><div%20id="wmd-button-bar"%20class="wmd-button-bar"><ul%20id="wmd-button-row"%20class="wmd-button-row"><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-bold-button"%20title="Strong%20&lt;strong&gt;%20Ctrl+B"%20style="left:%200px;"><span%20style="background-position:%200px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-italic-button"%20title="Emphasis%20&lt;em&gt;%20Ctrl+I"%20style="left:%2025px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-20px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-spacer%20wmd-spacer1"%20id="wmd-spacer1"></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-link-button"%20title="Hyperlink%20&lt;a&gt;%20Ctrl+L"%20style="left:%2075px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-40px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-quote-button"%20title="Blockquote%20&lt;blockquote&gt;%20Ctrl+Q"%20style="left:%20100px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-60px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-code-button"%20title="Code%20Sample%20&lt;pre&gt;&lt;code&gt;%20Ctrl+K"%20style="left:%20125px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-80px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-image-button"%20title="Image%20&lt;img&gt;%20Ctrl+G"%20style="left:%20150px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-100px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-spacer%20wmd-spacer2"%20id="wmd-spacer2"></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-olist-button"%20title="Numbered%20List%20&lt;ol&gt;%20Ctrl+O"%20style="left:%20200px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-120px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-ulist-button"%20title="Bulleted%20List%20&lt;ul&gt;%20Ctrl+U"%20style="left:%20225px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-140px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-heading-button"%20title="Heading%20&lt;h1&gt;/&lt;h2&gt;%20Ctrl+H"%20style="left:%20250px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-160px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-hr-button"%20title="Horizontal%20Rule%20&lt;hr&gt;%20Ctrl+R"%20style="left:%20275px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-180px%200px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-spacer%20wmd-spacer3"%20id="wmd-spacer3"></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-undo-button"%20title="Undo%20-%20Ctrl+Z"%20style="left:%20325px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-200px%20-20px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button"%20id="wmd-redo-button"%20title="Redo%20-%20Ctrl+Shift+Z"%20style="left:%20350px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-220px%20-20px;"></span></li><li%20class="wmd-button%20wmd-help-button"%20id="wmd-help-button"%20title="Markdown%20Editing%20Help"%20style="right:%200px;"><span%20style="background-position:%20-240px%200px;"></span></li></ul></div><textarea%20id="wmd-input"%20class="wmd-input%20processed"%20name="post-text"%20cols="92"%20rows="15"%20tabindex="101"%20data-min-length=""></textarea><div%20class="grippie"%20style="margin-right:%201px;"></div></div></div><div%20class="fl"%20style="margin-top:%208px;%20height:24px;">&nbsp;</div><div%20id="draft-saved"%20class="draft-saved%20community-option%20fl"%20style="margin-top:%208px;%20height:24px;%20display:none;">draft%20saved</div><div%20id="draft-discarded"%20class="draft-discarded%20community-option%20fl"%20style="margin-top:%208px;%20height:24px;%20display:none;">draft%20discarded</div><div%20class="community-option"><input%20id="communitymode"%20name="communitymode"%20type="checkbox"><label%20for="communitymode"%20title="Marking%20an%20answer%20community%20wiki%20encourages%20others%20to%20edit%20it%20by%20lowering%20the%20reputation%20barrier%20required%20to%20edit.%20However,%20you%20will%20not%20gain%20any%20upvote%20reputation%20from%20it.%20This%20cannot%20be%20undone.">community%20wiki</label></div><div%20id="wmd-preview"%20class="wmd-preview"></div><div></div><div%20class="edit-block"><input%20id="fkey"%20name="fkey"%20type="hidden"%20value=""><input%20id="author"%20name="author"%20type="text"></div></div><div%20style="position:%20relative;"></div><div%20class="form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(Either from the top bar or console; if latter then remove javascript: prefix)

Then click "Post Answer." It should reload writing an additional answer form and saying "Body is missing". If it behaves this way, everything okay; you get the full-featured answer form.

If no form appears, execute the script again, fill the answer body with some bloat your answer and post - the disadvantage of this is the preview not working - but you can write in the answer form to another question and submit there.

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    @Narawa And, by the way, doesn't it work? – nicael Jun 21 '15 at 19:20
  • Yeah but this is a feature request to make the StackExchange people find a way to fix it. Your answer is good but this is to get the bug fix. – clickbait Jun 21 '15 at 19:22
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    @Narawa Typically, feature requests are first answered by non-employees, sometimes so as to help OP. – nicael Jun 21 '15 at 19:24
  • @Narawa ...and bugs also :) – nicael Jun 21 '15 at 19:30
  • This did not work. First I had to use find/replace to replace all your "%20" with actual spaces, then the form showed up. But after submitting the answer, I got a message saying my action "looked suspicious" (can't argue with that), so the post was not saved. – Felipe Müller Dec 6 '17 at 20:45
  • @Felipe surely something has changed since I answered two years ago :) – nicael Dec 7 '17 at 17:47
  • I know haha, but still at the end of 2017 this looks like the most pertinent information you can find about the issue, so I figured I'd leave a comment to maybe help people save some time. – Felipe Müller Dec 7 '17 at 19:41

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