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I saw an intersting hot question on a SE site I wasn't a member of and was prompted to join in order I could offer an answer, however despite having 101 rep including the "trusted user" 100 bonus I am still told "you must earn 10 reputation" to post.

I assume "earn" is the key word here but does this mean SE sites keep tallies of earned and uneared reputation? Under what circumstances does my 100 rep bonus for cross-joining new sites count for anything, and under what circumstances does it not?

  • BTW it seems a little frustrating when the "hot network questions" panel does its job of attracting you to a new site, but you cannot answer the question that brought you there. I suppose there's no easy way around that though. – Mr. Boy Feb 14 at 15:17
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    @Mr.Boy You should always be able to answer something unless you're answer banned on that site or its protected. If it's protected, it has usually been done for a reason – TheLethalCoder Feb 14 at 15:25
  • Yes but if it's protected and says I need 10 rep, and I have gained 100 rep for joining this is confusing - hence my question. – Mr. Boy Feb 14 at 16:11
  • btw I accept meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52764/… covers this authoritively but it would be far easier if it told me "you need 110 rep" not "you need 10 rep" – Mr. Boy Feb 14 at 16:12
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    10 rep earned on that site is the requirement IIRC – TheLethalCoder Feb 14 at 16:12
  • As I say if the page clarified that better the confusion would be gone. – Mr. Boy Feb 14 at 16:13
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    The first few of these questions there are not protected, answer something else and get one upvote, then you can answer a protected question. The help for protected questions isn't exactly correct, you need to earn 10 rep on the site; the Association Bonus doesn't count towards that 10. See also this link, which could be added to the Close Reason Banner: meta.stackexchange.com/a/129223/282094 - you can vote on that question if you wish. – Rob Feb 14 at 16:45