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Some weeks ago I passed the 15k rep mark on StackOverflow and earned the privilege to protect questions.

With the recent rep recalc I fell below the 15k mark and understandably lost the protection privilege. I have since climbed back and remained over 15k rep for a couple of days now and the protection privilege has not returned.

Is this a bug or has something else changed that I'm not seeing?

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Have you actually tried to protect a question, or did you just not get the notification? – Jon Seigel Mar 11 '11 at 0:14
@Jon: In the brief period that I had the privilege I never actually found a question that would merit protection. But the link to protect was there next to the other privileges, something like: link | edit | close | flag | protect ... I also vaguely recollect clicking on the link and being confronted with a confirmation dialog. But that memory is hazy. – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 0:54
Yeah, so you're not seeing the link at all now? – Jon Seigel Mar 11 '11 at 0:56
That's right. I'm pretty sure it's an edge-case bug related to the recalc. There are probably very few users oscillated around 15k at that particular time and may not even know that they're missing a privilege. – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 1:01
Hmmm... have you tried recalculating your rep again? I don't deny this is a bug, but maybe we can find a way to fix it automatically. – Jon Seigel Mar 11 '11 at 1:04
How many percent do you see for protection at this page? stackoverflow.com/privileges – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:06
@S.Mark: Good call. I show the following: protect questions 100% – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 1:10
How do you recalc rep? I forgot where the link was. I know it's a bit obfuscated. – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 1:14
could you take a look this question and check protect button? – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:14
stackoverflow.com/reputation for recalc button. – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:15
btw, if you see your total reps is lower than 15k at /reputation, better not trigger recalc and should file report that "protect question privileges should respect current reps instead of recalc'd reps' – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:18
wow. Just recalculated and landed at 14,998 rep!?! Thanks guys. Though this is really annoying. Two steps forward, one step back... – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 1:23
@S.Mark: I'm not too familiar with meta lingo. How does one file a report? Is it just a tag on a posted question? A sample link would be appreciated. Many thanks for yours and Jon's help btw. – Paul Sasik Mar 11 '11 at 1:28
you may check again for protect function, and don't say anyone else that I upvoted one of your post. :D – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:29
@Paul, don't believe my lingo too, I am just using a question as report when it is related to bug. – YOU Mar 11 '11 at 1:30

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