It says I need 10 rep to answer this question because of a spam lock, but I have 37 and cannot add my answer.

High Sierra - The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged

Furthermore, I made a rather larger bounty on another question and now I can't add comments to any questions. This seems like a rather unusual restriction, as I should never just "lose" that privilege that I earned a long time ago, there should be a cap on wagering away so much rep that I can't function anymore or contribute meaningfully, despite having a relatively trusted account.


This is a rather rare case; it would've made more sense for the protected question logic not to subtract the 100 association bonus because you've already 'spent' it with the bounty.

In any case, I've just removed the protection (which was applied automatically because there are four deleted answers by new users) and you're free to post your answer.


The problem seems to be that since you got association bonus, the threshold is increased to 110. (In other words, you need to earn at least 10 reputation points on the particular site to be able to answer protected questions; even after deduction of the points you gave away in bounties and the points from the association bonus.)

For more details see:

  • Not relevant, the OP did earn 10 points, much more actually. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 28 '18 at 12:12
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard I have edited the answer. Whether it is logical or not is another question, but from the linked posts, it seems that this is how the system is set up now. – Martin Jan 28 '18 at 12:25
  • No, OP has 37 points there. Reason they can't answer protected question is wrong logic being used. The system reduce 100 due to the association bonus, so it thinks the OP has -63 points. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 28 '18 at 12:29

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