I understand why I cannot answer the question What is behind the “Indian Undergrad Research Experience”-spam?; it is because I only have 1 reputation on this site and the question is protected.

However, I think I have a relevant and useful answer from the perspective of an Indian undergrad currently enrolled at one of the mentioned universities. What would be the best way to contribute? Should I just comment with tl;dr of my answer or should I send the answer to some moderator who can approve it of not being "low-quality/spam" and post it?

  • It looks like you have 101 rep on this site, no? (AFAIK there is no difference between your bonus "+100" earned from being trusted on other SE sites and 100 earned on this sit.)
    – Kimball
    Dec 30, 2015 at 1:16
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    No the association bonus does not count. See meta.stackexchange.com/a/52765 Dec 30, 2015 at 7:21
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    Seems odd to me the association bonus does not count. Seems as if you've amassed enough points somewhere else to get it that you understand to not answer a question with "Thanks!" or "Me too!"
    – user18072
    Jan 5, 2016 at 23:18

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If you have an answer that raises points not already represented among the existing answers, you should earn 10 rep here so that you can post it.

You can earn 10 rep by any of the following:

  • suggesting 5 edits that are approved
  • posting 1 answer (to an unprotected question) that gets 1 upvote
  • asking 1 question that gets 2 upvotes
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    (Note that "here" means on the main site, not here here, on meta.) Dec 31, 2015 at 19:11
  • why don't we temporarily unprotect the question, let the OP answers it, then protect it again? It seems that the OP has abandoned their will to earn rep and answer it.
    – Ooker
    Jan 3, 2016 at 9:19
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    @Ooker - Questions get protected when they are attracting a lot of activity from newcomers who don't necessarily understand the culture of the Stack Exchange. The threshold is quite low – a mere 10 points – so I don't think there's any need to start temporarily unprotecting questions for people who don't want to earn the 10 points before answering.
    – J.R.
    Jan 5, 2016 at 10:44
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    @J.R. I don't think it's beneficial to us to prevent an answer from a person who spends the effort to post a quality meta question to show the will of posting a quality answer.
    – Ooker
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:44
  • @Ooker, thanks for your concern. I have been trying to come up with a proper question for the past few days (that has not already been asked and answered!) and I have posted one now. Jan 6, 2016 at 11:08
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    @Ooker I don't think the cost of a mod having to dedicate time and coordinate with the OP for a single answer is worth it, especially when the bar is already so low.
    – Roger Fan
    Jan 9, 2016 at 3:15
  • @RogerFan but it's quick and simple
    – Ooker
    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:01

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