Title says it all, really. This question seems to be to worst kind of shopping question, it's three years old, low views, and it doesn't seem to have any 'Historical Significance.' If there's some nuance of this question that I'm missing, I'd love to know about it. What's the reasoning here? This meta answer says that it can be used when mods get sick of deleting non-answers, but it kinda seems to me like we'd all be better off just getting rid of this question.

closed as too localized by animuson, Martijn Pieters, ben is uǝq backwards, hims056, Toon Krijthe Dec 4 '12 at 7:37

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    As the answer states, this is protected, not locked. It appears to have been protected by the user who just came across this old and poor question just to make it harder for new answers to be posted before this question could be closed, and possibly deleted. (It has since been closed, and is likely to be deleted soon.) – Servy Dec 3 '12 at 21:05
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    It makes so much sense in retrospect. I was wondering wth a high-rep user was doing protecting the question...it was protected in order to more effectively destroy it. Well played. – MikeTheLiar Dec 3 '12 at 21:06
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    Oh, and that's in response to a recently posted (and now deleted) answer that is most likely what brought the question to the attention of that high rep user. – Servy Dec 3 '12 at 21:06
  • @Servy that's how I found the question - in the late answers queue. – MikeTheLiar Dec 3 '12 at 21:07
  • It was protected 6 minutes after that post. I don't consider it a coincidence. – Servy Dec 3 '12 at 21:07
  • If nothing else, this question has brought to light tons of duplicates that should also be closed/deleted. – meagar Dec 3 '12 at 21:07

Protection just means that people below 10 rep can't post answers; this isn't the same as posts which are intentionally preserved via locking. The question can still be closed/deleted via voting, which is how things should work most of the time. Moderations shouldn't have to step in an make a call on the worthiness of a question, the community does this.

  • Ah, subtlety. 'protected' != 'locked'. Thanks for some clarification. – MikeTheLiar Dec 3 '12 at 21:02
  • Yup! I tend to use 'Protect' every time I come across a question that's getting lots of 'junk' answers from 1-rep users, especially when it's not a 'good' question. It's a relatively frequent thing I come across while hunting for spam answers, for example. – Andrew Barber Dec 4 '12 at 1:57

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