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When I visit this question, How do I explain to a six year old why people on the other side of the Earth don't fall off? , I see this message:

protected by dmckee♦ 2 days ago

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

But I have currently 101 rep points.

After some thinking, I came to the conclusion that my 100 "association bonus" points doesn't count towards this requirement. Is this the reason I can't answer? If it's the case, wouldn't be relevant to let this a little more explicit in the message?

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Is this the reason I can't answer?

Yes.

If it's the case, wouldn't be relevant to let this a little more explicit in the message?

It is pretty explicit:

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

The reasoning behind this is that when it comes to site-specific policies, someone with 101 rep is not much more knowledgeable than someone with 1 rep. Popular questions tend to attract attention from the network, and most won't know if their answer is really appropriate.

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    $\begingroup$ "It is pretty explicit" Probably to native english speakers, indeed (not my case). $\endgroup$ – Bacco Jan 23 '14 at 7:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Bacco if you can think of a suitable alternative that's clear, concise, and short, then you should post it as a feature request in the mother meta. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 23 '14 at 11:50
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    $\begingroup$ It's probably just as easy as saying: "To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site (not including association bonus)" $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Jan 23 '14 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ And probably make the words "association bonus" a link to somewhere that's defined so people can read about it if they don't know what it is. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Jan 23 '14 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Bacco no, you're right, it's not at all explicit, even to many/most native English speakers. There is a request on meta.SO to clarify this which you might want to upvote. $\endgroup$ – David Z Jan 25 '14 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ Don't you earn 100 points on this site when you get the site association points? I mean it's not another site that's giving this to you LOL. $\endgroup$ – Michael Brown Dec 9 '14 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeBrown you can only earn it once on each site. For the first association you'll get it on both sites. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Dec 10 '14 at 3:20

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