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I'm trying to post an answer to this question. I have 101 reputation (with the bonus for being trusted on other SO sites), but it is still telling me that I can't answer it because it's protected, requiring 10 rep. I clearly have 10 rep.

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Protected questions don't factor in the +100 reputation from the association bonus. In order to answer protected questions, you need to have earned at least +10 reputation elsewhere on this site specifically, via questions, answers, edits, et cetera.

For more information, see this question on Meta SE. (This question talks about rewording "protection" for clarity.)

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  • $\begingroup$ I looked into this the other day, because I noticed someone unable to answer, and it bothered me. I found this, as well which places it out of the realm of meta questions and into the actual site help page portions: puzzling.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/new-user $\endgroup$ May 21 '16 at 3:04

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