I came across this question and was going to post an answer to help them root their phone since I recently did a similar phone, but it says it's protected. OK, I get that but what I don't is that it says you need 10 rep to post an answer. My reputation is sufficient for this, why can't I post an answer? It makes no sense to me so can anyone explain?


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The +100 rep association bonus is not counted in the protection algorithm. The post notice states (emphasis added):

To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site.

and the "on this site" part is actually quite literal, though not entirely clear. Therefore, looking at your rep history, you've got +100 for the association bonus and +5 for an upvote on one of your questions. That nets you 5 rep from your activities on this site, which is still shy of the 10 needed.

There is also a more detailed explanation of the "protected" status on Meta Stack Exchange, for reference.

In this specific case, the view count of the question is pretty low, so I'm going to remove the protection. It looks like it was applied because it picked up a bunch of non-answers within the first 24 hours, but then the views petered off after that.

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    Ok got it, thanks. I was under the impression the association bonus was granted to overcome such limits by transferring the trusted status of the person, this literal limitation seems to be counterproductive to that, but at least now I know what's going on. Thank you. Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 18:02
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    Thank you for removing the restriction, I just posted the answer. I know the question is a bit old but I know what its like to be stuck wanting to do something and not getting help, so if I can give this person hope to get what they need done, then why not, right? Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 18:15
  • No, it's not. You can offer a bounty from the bonus rep, earn 10 rep on the site, and still not be able to answer despite your having earned 10 rep on the site (the actual criterion is 110 rep if you have the bonus, even if it says that it is to earn 10 rep on the site.)
    – gparyani
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 17:14
  • @damryfbfnetsi: This is rather unintuitive, but the system is still working as designed in an instance like that. This Meta SE question discusses the situation. Effectively, the bounty rep is counted in full against your earned rep on the site, even if that would result in a negative value. So if you got the association bonus then immediately offered 50 rep bounty, the rep you had "earned" on this site would be -49, and you'd have to get up to 110 again (also, that 110 is earning 10 on the site; you "earn" 1 rep for signing up). Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 18:04
  • Now whether or not the system should be creating a "debt" of earned rep like that by dipping into the association bonus is another question entirely. I personally think it's a terribly confusing implementation. Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 18:06
  • I'm not saying that the behavior is wrong; the behavior is correct, but the text is wrong. The text needs to be changed to match the actual behavior.
    – gparyani
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 20:36

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