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As you can see, I have 101 rep here. Also, I can't answer protected questions even though they say I only need 10 rep:

a screenshot of it denying my answer

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Protection ignores the account association bonus. You are being treated as brand new because you are new to this site.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting... I thought the association bonus was because I was already trusted. But now it doesn't mean I'm trusted? I'm confused about this mechanic \$\endgroup\$ – Supuhstar Oct 17 '14 at 1:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well, you are trusted for most things. I've added a link to a meta.stackexchange question that might be worth reading. \$\endgroup\$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Oct 17 '14 at 1:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, I'll go join that conversation! \$\endgroup\$ – Supuhstar Oct 17 '14 at 2:09
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You need 10 rep without counting the association bonus.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ perhaps that should be in the message... I didn't know an association bonus could be discounted \$\endgroup\$ – Supuhstar Oct 17 '14 at 1:46

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