I asked this question a long time ago. It got closed because it seemed as though the problem had gone away. However, the problem resurfaced so I requested that it be opened again. And it was - the [Closed] status and label was removed, the question was re-opened (as far as I can tell).

Now, thanks to the help and support I got through another question, I think I have a definite answer as to why I was having this problem. So I thought that the cool thing to do would be to put an answer in and give what I think is the definitive explanation for what was happening. I think I can also generalize the lessons I learned so that it's useful for others.

However, the button to add an answer is not visible, at least to me.

I thought maybe because I had awarded some recent bounties that reduced my reputation, and maybe I fell below a permission threshold for answering one's own questions or something like that. However, reading through the FAQ, I can't see any obvious reason why I can't answer this question.

I think it would be better to provide an answer as there are 5 upvotes and maybe others are having the same issue. I don't particularly care if the answer comes from me or not, I just think it would be best for there to be more information for people to consider.

How can I answer this question?

Here is a screenshot of what I see. Unless I'm mistaken, the "Add an answer" or "answer your own question" button should be at the bottom of other answers.

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  • Can we have a screenshot of what you see in that question? Make sure you have logged in your account. I am guessing this is probably a login issue or a cache issue.
    – jokerdino Mod
    Aug 6, 2012 at 9:57
  • @jokerdino: I am definitely logged in, and I refreshed my browser cache to be sure that I'm not seeing old data. Also, this problem has been manifest consistently for a few days. I've added a screenshot to my question.
    – Questioner
    Aug 6, 2012 at 12:20

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You need to have 10 reputation excluding the 100 rep account association bonus in order to answer protected questions. So you just need a bit more rep to hit 110 and you'll be good.

See the last point in What is a “protected” question?

Users with 10 or more reputation can answer a protected question. However, the +100 account association bonus is ignored for this check, so you must have earned 10 or more reputation on that specific site to answer a protected question.

  • Well, that would explain it then. So here's an interesting situation - Here's an issue I do know something about, but I can't answer it until I earn reputation, which is difficult since I don't know much about anything else, because that's the whole reason I'm on this forum.
    – Questioner
    Aug 6, 2012 at 13:12
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    @DaveMG It looks like you should be able to post now. Want to give it a try?
    – user81658
    Aug 6, 2012 at 13:59
  • I assume that was you who upvoted a few questions or answers of mine to put me over the top? Cheers for that. ;)
    – Questioner
    Aug 7, 2012 at 6:52

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