This is said in the FAQ

Privileges not tied to a specific threshold

  • To answer protected questions, you need to gain 10 reputation on the site – the association bonus does not count. In other words, the reputation threshold for answering protected questions if you have the bonus is 110, not 10.

If my Maths and English aren't too bad, gained 10 = 1 + 10 = 11 (or 111 with assoc-bonus). But it says 110, as well as a lot of other places:

  • Another FAQ: What is a “protected” question?

    Who can answer a protected question?

    Users with 10 or more reputation can answer a protected question. However, the +100 account association bonus is ignored for this check.

  • An answer from an ex-staff

    In practice the check is all bodged up and inconsistent. In particular, if you associate an account and get no bonus (cause you have less than 200 rep) we arbitrarily decide that you need 111 rep to post answers.

Those conflicts are really embrangling. Question:

Is it 10/110 or 11/111 (new user / user with assoc bonus)?


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I think "you need to gain 10 reputation on the site" is the important bit. It's clear and unambiguous. 9 is too little, 11 is more than 10 (and a very odd number to get, as we see).

While it's practically impossible to get 110 or 10 reputation without a very specific set of changes in reputation (1 base + 1 upvote (+10) + 1 selected answer (+15) + 12 downvotes(-24)?), you'd essentially be gaining 9 not 10 reputation here.

I think Adam has an off by 1 error here.

  • (Isn’t 11 just 10 reputation point plus 1) which everyone starts with?
    – Ramhound
    Jan 21, 2018 at 13:29
  • yup, but it was the subtle monty python reference, or the badly bodged spinal tap reference Jan 21, 2018 at 13:35
  • No, I think that "gain" means "attain"... every rep requirement is a round number (either ending in 0 or 5). I think 10 is correct.
    – Catija
    Jan 21, 2018 at 15:37
  • It's actually much easier to get 110 rep here on meta: one answer upvote, then downvote one answer. On other sites it's more difficult since you don't have the privilege to downvote. Jan 21, 2018 at 17:09
  • If it hasn't been fixed (which looks like it), then you can really answer protected questions at exactly 110 rep. Jan 22, 2018 at 2:31

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