I just noticed this question, the GoDaddy-SOPA one.

On thing that confused even me, as a 6k user on Meta, was this:

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Now, I knew after a second's thought that the question was closed and no new answers were being accepted. However, that protection threw me off. Specifically the last line:

To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site.

So... If I have 10 rep I can answer it?

No, but that's what it says.

The whole point of a protection is to keep answers from new users clogging up the question. If the question is closed, it doesn't need the protection, right? If it is later reopened, the protection should come back.

Therefore, I propose that we simply hide the protection indicator when a question is closed,** to reduce a small amount of confusion.

  • The irony that this question was closed...
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 22:47
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    @Cole Now we need a mod to protect it.
    – Undo
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 23:00
  • It won't let me answer. :(
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 1:27
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    @animuson Did you really just protect this? Oh the irony.
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 2:32
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    Thanks to @animuson for liking fun :)
    – Undo
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 2:36
  • "To answer it, you is have earned" Wait, is that actually what the notice said?
    – Doorknob
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 5:36
  • The fact that this question was also flagged as duplicate and protected confused me for a second. Oh, the irony.
    – BLaZuRE
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 14:07
  • @BLaZuRE Someone flagged it?
    – Undo
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 14:09