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ORIGINAL QUESTION (before the "possible duplicate" tag was added):
Could someone please look at the last few comments under the main question at Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I can find no valid (posted) policy why I am not allowed to answer the question.
If there is such an official policy as "the association bonus does not count" please post a link to it in response to this question.
REVISED QUESTION (after the "possible duplicate" tag was added):
Apparently this question has morphed quite a bit. As I detail in my own answer to this question below (I used an answer to include screengrab images) there is a discrepancy between the two different Stack Exchange sites. There is also a discrepancy between the official policy on reputation and this "does not count" tangent policy that is not mentioned in the official policy.
Can someone please tell me why:
(1) If "doesn't count" is official policy why is it not in the official policy page on reputation?
(2) If this is official Stack Exchange-wide policy then why are there different messages on different sites, some mentioning "doesn't count" and other not?
(3) If "doesn't count" is official policy why did it change? Our co-founder Jeff Atwood wrote an official description of the purpose of cross-site association bonus points: "This is intended to give established users a "leg up" when we start new sites, so they can have an account with 101 rep instead of the default 1." Nowhere in that description do I see an exception for protected questions.