In the latter part of 2019, I have seen my reputation skyrocket on several of our sites. I gained the 10k tools on multiple sites, and just recently gained my first "Protect Questions" privilege. I started to imagine what questions I was going to protect and/or unprotect, and that made me step back and wonder if I am really supposed to start using the new privilege as I see fit or whether Stack Exchange and/or the community expects me to lurk more before doing these things.
Is it considered acceptable to use privileges as soon as I get them? Which of the following is closest to the truth?
- The reputation requirements to unlock privileges are a necessary but not sufficient requirement to actually use privileges - education, training, and/or experience is still required.
- The reputation requirements to unlock privileges are calibrated to the expected level of maturity associated with various rep levels, so I can be reasonably confident that I will only be given privileges that I am deemed already able to use. In other words, the fact that the system has granted me a privilege is evidence that it has deemed me ready to use it with no or minimal supervision.