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Is there a karma requirement to post an answer?

asked 2014-11-10 09:48:54 -0600

updated 2014-11-10 10:32:05 -0600

The karma requirements on the help page do not mention minimum karma needed to answer questions (I currently have karma=1). I tried answering a question, but it keeps failing without any error message.

Privilege   Required Karma
Upvote         1
Downvote     100 
Upload File   10
Edit posts   200
…              …

The help page may also benefit from suggestions of ways to gain karma.

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answered 2014-11-10 10:37:34 -0600

Were you trying to include a clickable link in your answer? You do need karma to do that...

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Ah, yes I was. That must've been it.

Eric Wilson gravatar image Eric Wilson  ( 2014-11-10 11:14:54 -0600 )edit

This restriction is in place to prevent spammers from posting malicious/obnoxious links. If you are new and would like to add a link, you can wait until you have enough karma and then edit your original post. We will add something to the help page to make this clearer.

Neal Kruis gravatar image Neal Kruis  ( 2014-11-10 11:36:48 -0600 )edit

Thanks Neal. Also it would be good if it failed noisily instead of with no explanation.

Eric Wilson gravatar image Eric Wilson  ( 2014-11-11 15:32:00 -0600 )edit

I haven't seen the problem myself. I have made some changes that should make it easier for new users to make posts.

Neal Kruis gravatar image Neal Kruis  ( 2014-11-11 15:51:44 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-11-10 09:57:54 -0600

If you mouse over "Karma" next to your username it will list all of the rights that you have currently, just so that you can confirm your current level of authorization.

Also be sure that you entered the "captcha" text correctly at the bottom, or use the audio alternative if it is difficult to make out the text on your screen.

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Thanks. I tried the captcha text a half dozen times.

At karma=11, the karma hovertext does not mention answering questions; yet I just successfully answered a question.

Eric Wilson gravatar image Eric Wilson  ( 2014-11-10 10:02:37 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-11-10 10:04:57 -0600

updated 2014-11-10 11:21:58 -0600

Based on my experience I think answering questions requires karma > 10 [edit: this is the case for answers that include hyperlinks].

Thanks to me asking this question, my karma got bumped up to 11 and I was then able to successfully answer a question. I hope we can improve the help page and hover text to guide beginning users on this. Attempts to answer questions should fail noisily if the user does not have enough karma.

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