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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
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
There's no way to search based on locked status either, but I've often wanted that. – Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 15:57

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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
@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
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

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