Just to be clear, I'm explicitly referring to the "Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes". I think disallowing the association bonus is a bad choice. I read and answer across multiple different sections of the site, but I've never participated in the meta because until now there hasn't been a reason - and now that there is one, I can't participate. Seems kind of flawed. I would really like to participate in this general hub section of the site - but my points that the general hub is serving are not valid.
It's just a standard (automated) measure against spam / trolls.
10 rep is extremely easy to obtain. Just a couple of edits or one upvoted answer.
If that is too much effort, then maybe that answer wasn't that important to post...
The assertion that it's to hinder more opinions from being added can easily be disproved by the fact that the question is already overloaded with answers. If they wanted to block that, they'd have locked the question.
I agree with you in principle.
However, in practice, we need protection against spam and trolls. This protection is automatically introduced when a certain number of answers have been deleted (which, right or wrong, is happening a lot on that post right now). You've found yourself to be collateral damage in that fight.
The protection is being routinely removed by users. If you don't want to wait, it shouldn't take too long to make rep the right way (this wasn't it) in order to get to that threshold.
Also in practice, is there really anything new left to add to the subject? I doubt it.
The Faq has got 138 visible answers. There are probably some deleted answers among them. I haven't posted an answer, there are too many, so I upvoted those I agreed with.
To earn 10 reputation points is not that hard, it can be done with five suggested and approved edits.
The FAQ was not protected on purpose by any human, it's automated process and in those cases, high rep users and/or moderators always unprotect so anyone can indeed take part.
It's now not protected.
If it becomes protected again, feel free to comment here asking to unprotect it.
Do you think it's right to stymie opinions on important topics?
What do you think that particular 'question' does? It does not ask for opinions about the subject, even though a lot of users have posted an answer with their opinion. Most of those have already been deleted, but not all of them.
The question is actually inviting new questions about the Code of Conduct changes as answers:
We’ve tried to anticipate some of the most common questions people may have here, and we’ll be adding to this list as more questions come up.
This might be a bit confusing, especially to new Meta users, but it's the way things work here ... sometimes. Protecting that question helps in preventing the clutter before it happens, which is a Good Thing™.