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A sudden, large increase in viewers, for instance from Reddit, can result in no small amount of noise and spam, as it more often than not occurs when there's a contentious topic at hand.

It may be worthwhile considering detecting sudden surges of traffic targeted at a given question and protecting them for a 48 hour period to prevent spurious posting.

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This is kinda like the next level of the "reddited indicator" suggestion. –  Pops Jan 25 '11 at 17:06
    
@Pop Yes, and in fact was triggered by it. –  Adam Davis Jan 25 '11 at 17:08
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Uh... Just to clarify: "protecting" a question (in the sense that the term is used by the SO engine - see Grace's link) just prevents answers from low-rep users. It makes sense when a question is getting, say, tons of Google traffic. Is this really necessary for a short-term bump in referrals from a single source? –  Shog9 Jan 25 '11 at 17:23
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Before the day ends someone will suggest trying to block all users who ever visited reddit :) –  Trufa Jan 25 '11 at 18:35
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@Trufa: As a redditor for 5 years, I'd have to oppose that. ;) –  Bill the Lizard Jan 25 '11 at 18:49
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@Bill What are you some sort of founding member of the sect? :) - This is my last smily face, from now on, asume I always mean it nicely. –  Trufa Jan 25 '11 at 18:53
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@Trufa: Yes, I joined reddit when the front page was all Paul Graham and Joel Spolsky articles. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 25 '11 at 18:56
    
@Bill Damn that a lot of time. –  Trufa Jan 25 '11 at 19:00

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