This is a definite problem, I came here to raise it.
With only association rep, or specifically not having 10 rep from other than associated rep, I cannot answer a protected question, but the privileges page states I can.
This is not the wording in the question status message, nor the main text in the privileges page, as both state "one needs to earn 10 rep on the site to be able to answer a protected question. The association bonus does not count."
The issue is the text to the right on the privileges page.
Images and it did happen right?
Unix & Linux - 101 associated rep only
James, you can answer protected questions:
James, you can't answer protected questions:
Workplace - 101 associated rep only
James, feel free to answer those protected questions, go on, you do it:
James, what did we tell you last time? Fool you once shame on you, fool you twice and bwuhahaha!
strokes white cat evilly:
It shows I can edit protected questions on my privileges earned page too: