I just tried to post an answer to a question on Physics (where I have 103 reputation by association). While researching and writing up my answer, the question became protected (without me knowing). When I hit submit, it told me the question was now protected and that I didn't have enough site reputation to post. Ok, that sucks (should've wrote a quick and dirty answer and then edited it I guess?).
So I went on the meta site to post a question about that process and see if a mod could post my answer for me (since I took an hour to research it and write it up). However, when I tried to submit that post, it told me I could only post every 40 minutes. But the thing was, even though I had tried to post my answer, it had told me it was protected, and the answer never got posted. So why did it count as me posting? Is this a bug? If it's not a bug, what's the rationale here?
It let me post the question on Physics Meta just now, so I'm not sure what's going on here: when did that 40 minute timer actually start counting down from if not when I hit submit on the protected post answer?
Here's the link to the question I was trying to post to when it became protected: When a balloon pops and lets a brick fall, where does the energy come from?
And a link to the meta question I tried to post after: Question was protected while I was writing an answer. Can a mod post my answer?
Edit: It's prompting me to explain why my question is different than a completely different question about hitting a question rate limit after not posting all day. The answer to that question explained why I ran into the problem I did, but the problem which prompted my question, and my question itself, are completely different. I'm not sure how to elaborate on that further without being pedantic.