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If you need 5 points to answer a question why do you need to ask needless questions to get 5 points?

marked as duplicate by rene, ale, HackerKarma, Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard discussion Sep 15 '15 at 20:04

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  • Are you talking about answering a question on a child meta, like meta.stackoverflow? – user642796 Sep 15 '15 at 19:31
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    And related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/61039/… – rene Sep 15 '15 at 19:34
  • I went to answer a question and got a message that I needed 5 points to answer I have one, therefore my account is useless so how do i earn points without answering a question? – user305419 Sep 15 '15 at 19:37
  • The links I provided answer that and check what @ArthurFischer commented... – rene Sep 15 '15 at 19:42
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    @ApexCapstone: The only places that require five points of rep to answer/ask are child metas, which don't earn you any rep anyway. Otherwise, enderland's answer and rene's dupe-link seem the best match. – Nathan Tuggy Sep 15 '15 at 19:48
  • You'll do well around the Stack Exchange sites if you spend a little time investigating the Help Centers on each site you visit, using the search function, and viewing the Meta for that site. For example, searching here instead of asking your question would have returned a lot of results for numerous different keywords. – James Sep 15 '15 at 20:29
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You don't need 5 points to answer a question.

Some questions will be "protected" so new users cannot answer them, however, this is to prevent spam (or lots of low quality posts) generally.