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99 reputation yet getting "Earn 10 reputation in order to answer this question" [duplicate]

Asking this here because I think this is very likely to be a general behaviour. Some months ago I wrote an answer to a question in Software Engineering that got very bad feedback (two negative votes ...
Tiago Martins Peres's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers

Include "the association bonus doesn't count" message in a protected question label [duplicate]

While reading a deleted post from Meta Stack Exchange at, I saw one of the older "protected question" labels: And then I saw one of the newer protected labels (this ...
Ollie's user avatar
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725 votes
1 answer

What is the association bonus, and how does it work?

I was just awarded +100 reputation on all of my Stack Exchange accounts. What is this bonus for? It simply says "Association Bonus" on my reputation overview. Also: What privileges does the ...
167 votes
1 answer

What is a “protected” or "highly active" question?

Questions can be protected (i.e. marked "highly active"). What does it mean for a question to be protected? Why are some questions protected? Who can protect and unprotect questions? Who can answer a ...
68 votes
6 answers

Improve "Protected Question" message with regard to rep gained through Association Bonus

I recently started an account on Android Enthusiasts, and went to add an answer to a question which was protected. I have enough rep on other sites that I have the "Association Bonus", so I was ...
zzzzBov's user avatar
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50 votes
5 answers

Stack Exchange doesn't allow me to answer protected questions because I gave away earned rep in bounties

I noticed that I can't answer protected questions. I don't want to actually, but it says: It was FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, but I also didn't have an ability to answer other protected ...
nicael's user avatar
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36 votes
2 answers

Why is the Association Bonus ignored when trying to answer a protected question?

I registered on only to post an answer to this question. However, since it's a protected question, I am not allowed to answer it. (I found this info from here). Worth to mention, I can ...
sharp12345's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer

Users with only the association bonus can answer protected questions on per-site metas

A user on Photography has only 103 rep, and has the association bonus rights. So their rep without the association bonus is 3. Yet they were able to post this answer to a protected question on the ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
20 votes
2 answers

Make reputation message when answering protected questions less ambiguous [duplicate]

A lot of users find the 'reputation required' message on protected questions hard to understand, specifically when they've gained the network association bonus and they think they have earned enough ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers

Is all reputation equal, or was this a bug? [duplicate]

Due to long use and positive reputation across other stack exchange sites, I've started getting 100 reputation immediately on joining a new stack-exchange site. A question interested me in a site I ...
HumanJHawkins's user avatar