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Please add a search operator that selects for (or against) the protected status flag.

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Yep, gotta have it. – Lance Roberts Jun 7 '10 at 15:25
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Can you provide a use case? I can only think of why a spammer would want to search on that criteria, so my mind must not be right. – Bill the Lizard Jun 7 '10 at 15:40
    
I tried it because I wanted to see what was ending up that way---I guess the data dump would do for that eventually. The only other legitimate use case I can think of is a user under the threshold search for questions to answer; but with the threshold lower than for voting (!) perhaps we can neglect that one. – dmckee Jun 7 '10 at 15:45
    
I don't think very many questions will end up protected (at least the way it's structured now). New users looking for questions to answer are more likely to read recent/new questions than use advanced search features. But I can maybe see it would be useful for the community (i.e. higher-rep or mods) to filter out protected questions. – Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 15:54
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There's no way to search based on locked status either, but I've often wanted that. – Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 15:57

I agree that there should be a way to search for these, especially as an absent-minded moderator.

One can search for Locked questions with locked:1, perhaps added since Gnome's comment in 2010. One can also search for closed questions with closed:1, deleted posts with deleted:1 (moderators only at this time), and as noted by Shadow Wizard hasnotice:1 to find questions with active bounties, or locked for historical value.

It seems like an oversight that protected:1 does not work the same way.

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Are you sure deleted:1 works? I don't think so. – hims056 Sep 2 '13 at 7:52
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@hims056 most likely only for mods. – Shadow Wizard Sep 2 '13 at 7:55
    
@hims056 perhaps it is a moderator-only field; it definately works on Mathematica where I am one. – Mr.Wizard Sep 2 '13 at 7:56
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Don't forget the "hasnotice:1" operator, used to find questions with active bounties, or locked for historical value. :) – Shadow Wizard Sep 2 '13 at 7:59
    
@ShaWizDowArd I was not aware of that one. Thanks for the reminder. – Mr.Wizard Sep 2 '13 at 8:00

Since users can protect questions once they have enough rep for the privilege, this is doubly important for moderators and users to be able to search for.

I'm currently trying to investigate a potential misuse of protection privileges and being able to search with protected:true would be very useful. I suspect I would have to resort to the Data Explorer, though it's overkill for this case and that higher barrier (compared to search) may mean I won't find the time for it. A search token for it would be very useful.

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