I have over 22k rep on various SE sites (mainly EE.SE) and received the 100 rep bonus when I came here for the first time and signed in.

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However, I was prevented from answering a protected question because of insufficient reputation.

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What gives? Since when is 101 less than 10? Is this a bug or by design? If it is by design, admins should update the protection note to clearly say that rep earned elsewhere doesn't count against the restriction.

Tried with two different browsers - same deal.


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The association bonus is purposefully removed from the calculation used to determine if you have sufficient reputation to answer a protected question.

To answer a protected question, you must earn 10 reputation specifically on this site, regardless of your reputation elsewhere on Stack Exchange.

There's already a feature request on Meta.SE to change the phrasing of the protected question post notice.

  • Thanks for the clarification. Jul 20, 2015 at 10:39

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