The hover text for the 'protect' option is slightly misleading:

disallow answers by anonymous and very new low rep users

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The word 'new' is off. It doesn't matter if the user is new or not; only reputation matters.

I suggest to remove the word 'new', but there might be better options. As @Catija mentions in the comments, the word 'anonymous' might be incorrect, too.

  • Is "anonymous" even correct? If someone has an unregistered account with 10+ rep... are they prohibited from answering protected questions? If changed, it should be reflected in the help center here: meta.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/protect-questions as well... since it uses the same wording. – Catija Jun 4 '18 at 20:43
  • @Catija depends whether you read the "low rep" description as only applying to very new or to both anonymous and very new. – Robert Longson Jun 4 '18 at 20:45
  • @RobertLongson If anonymous is irrelevant and only rep matters, then including "anonymous" is ... unnecessary. If all anonymous users are prohibited regardless of reputation, then it is accurate. – Catija Jun 4 '18 at 20:47
  • only rep earned on the site matters (association bonus doesn't count), anonymous can answer if they have 10 rep. – Robert Longson Jun 4 '18 at 20:49
  • That's what I have always thought... so, in that case, the only note that's necessary is "disallow answers by users with less than 10 locally-earned reputation points". – Catija Jun 4 '18 at 20:49
  • @Catija Anonymous just means "not logged in". Unregistered users aren't anonymous. Having said that, it is just a rep check against the threshold and whether or not someone's logged in is irrelevant. – Adam Lear Jun 4 '18 at 20:52
  • @AdamLear but anonymous users can't answer anything... ? Or am I missing something. – Catija Jun 4 '18 at 20:52
  • @Catija The phrasing is slightly awkward, I agree. But anonymous users see the "question is protected" banner instead of the answer box, so I guess if you squint a little, it sort of makes sense? I'm not so much arguing for status quo on the tooltip as clarifying that unregistered != anonymous and the rep check is all that matters. In other words, an unregistered user with 10+ rep can answer. :) – Adam Lear Jun 4 '18 at 20:58
  • Ah! I see. :) Thanks for the clarification @AdamLear It's good to know how the terminology is different than one might expect. – Catija Jun 4 '18 at 21:01
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    I suggest making it positive instead of negative: "allow answers only from users who have gained at least 10 reputation on the site" – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Jun 4 '18 at 21:27

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