I tried to answer a question where Gmail thinks someone is trying to access your account. The question mentions the person has VPN. But Stack Exchange prevents me giving an answer as I don't have 50 points yet. How does Stack Exchange get any answers from newbies ever?

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Maybe you tried to post your answer as a comment as the privilege that requires 50 reputation points is comment everywhere. new user restrictions, including answering protected questions, are lift when a user reach 10 reputation points.

Please read the first link to learn about how comments should be used on this site.


  • Hmmm I cant even upvote the answer to say it helped me. Maybe StackOverflow is not for me. Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 22:54
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    @FrankKolmann: You don't necessarily have to upvote to say it helped. You accept the answer by clcking the tick mark.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Sep 10, 2021 at 11:57
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    @FrankKolmann Another possible explanation could be that it is a protected question. (This one seems like the one described in your post: Gmail "suspicious sign-in prevented" message - is it legit?. And it is protected.)
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 10:30
  • Yeah thats the one. I use Proton VPN and google gmail occasionally has fits when the VPN assigns IP addresses very different to my ususal IP. It is not phishing or a scam it is google not playing well with VPNs. Google says it is for our protection, but when I travel it makes gmail very very hard for me. The recovery process uses a recovery phone number and if I cant access my phone to get the google sms code I cannot recover or use my gmail. FWIW I thought maybe you guys had a better solution. Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 4:10
  • ps. Nice site, I understand now why the ratings system is as it is and I agree that it is necessary. It is probably there already but a link to a guide to how to use the site would be useful to me. You guys have already given me links, I am thinking more like a tutorial on how to use Stack Exchange itself. Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 4:31
  • We have tour and help center and many pages have tips and links to the corresponding help articles but we don't have a step-by-step tutorial. Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 23:29

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