This is more of a bug report:

No option to hibernate/shutdown in GNOME 3?

text under the message says:

protected by Community♦ Oct 22 at 14:12

This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must have earned more than 10 reputation on this site.

I currently have 32, which is >10. I can even edit the accepted response (that does not answer the full question) if so I wished.

So why can't I add another answer?

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  • Are you sure you can't answer it? Does it give you an error message when you try to answer, or is there just no answer textbox?
    – nhinkle
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 18:57
  • there's no answer or comment buttons. but i have the edit showing up on other people's post and even the question. I mean, answer input box
    – gcb
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 19:12
  • A screenshot would be useful here :)
    – user59659
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 19:40
  • added screen shot
    – gcb
    Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 1:59
  • Try logging out and in again, also try to force a cache refresh on that page using CTRL+F5. Verify that you are logged in, the permissions page says 100% for the entry and you have received a message at the top that said you gained the privilege. Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 3:50
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    @TomWijsman The user has a 150 rep bounty here (ending in 10 minutes). He's been on the site for a while and much more active than 32 rep.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 5:06

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For the "can answer a protected question" check, the account association bonus of 100 rep is deduced from your reputation, hence the on this site part of the message. Granted, you're somewhat of an edge case here (because of your bounty), but a user who has not received the association bonus and spent all their rep on bounties cannot answer a preotected question either.

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    Just to clarify, 101 rep users coming from a different site see the same message? This should probably be documented better, especially since high-rep users can protect questions. // I'm not sure it makes sense protecting questions when the same users can post comments and vote...
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 18:29
  • still not clear... i had 182, -150 bounty = 32, -100 non-site-rep (just learned about it and the link to the FAQ in the message doesn't even mention it) = -68 ...is that my site-reputation?
    – gcb
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 19:21
  • @gcb: As far as that check is concerned, yes.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 19:52
  • @DanielBeck i can't post comments. just vote and Edit the questions and answers already there, which is even odder :) also of note, there was no +1 or mee too comment/answer on that blocked question :(
    – gcb
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 20:00
  • @balpha that's very cryptic, but settles it.
    – gcb
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 20:01
  • @gcb: I meant, the idea of "site reputation" doesn't exist anywhere outside the "protected question" check (at least I can't think of anything), but for the purpose of that check, the value that was compared to the "at least 10" requirement was indeed -68. Also, see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/109117/… as an example of why this happens.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 20:29

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