Jon Ericson asked me to report this (apparent) bug.

When he tried to protect this question someone (or something) stole the question's protection, which has since been missing:

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The question shows no sign of having the protection removed, thus I believe it was abducted. I am sure justice will be done, and this poor question will receive the protection it deserves.

I recommend interrogating the little bird that was said to have announced this question to the world, I bet it would have some useful information.

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    I see the protected by Jon Ericson banner at the very bottom of the screen. (Below all the answers) – FDinoff Oct 21 '13 at 3:12
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    Confirmed: problems follow me. – Undo Oct 21 '13 at 3:14
  • Also, FWIW, there are around 15 deleted answers there. – Undo Oct 21 '13 at 3:14

I tried to answer the question as a low-reputation user and found all the way at the bottom of the page:

Found on the bottom of the page.

So the banner is there; it's just not where I (or you) expected. In any case, a new user will not be able to answer the question as there's no way to enter it.

This is an intended behaviour because if you don't have enough site reputation to answer (and since association bonuses don't count, I don't even with a diamond) the banner explains why. Generally speaking, this probably makes more sense than putting it at the top of the page and confusing new or drop-in users. But for those of us who are used to seeing it upfront and know for other reasons that a question is protected, it's strange.

I have no answer for why the banner is awkwardly placed, however.

  • Ive noticed it down there on a couple of different sites for a few months. I also don't see a box to submit an answer either (I have 101 reputation) – FDinoff Oct 21 '13 at 3:14
  • The layout looks all wacky there at the bottom too. Could it make a difference that there are a metric ton of deleted answers on it? – Undo Oct 21 '13 at 3:16
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    This is intentional behaviour because the goal is to show why you can't answer the question where the answer textbox would normally be located. When you have enough rep/permissions to answer, you'll just see the "protected" banner at the top above all answers for informational purposes. That said, I agree that it's a little weird. My personal preference would be to show the banner in both locations. – Adam Lear Oct 21 '13 at 3:21
  • @AnnaLear is it a bug then that I can't see the answer box? (I should be above the required rep) – FDinoff Oct 21 '13 at 3:22
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    @FDinoff the reputation bonus doesn't count toward the necessary 10 reputation. – ɥʇǝS Oct 21 '13 at 3:24
  • @ɥʇǝS ah didn't know that – FDinoff Oct 21 '13 at 3:24
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    @ɥʇǝS I'm pretty sure it does.... – Undo Oct 21 '13 at 3:26
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    @Anna Is this a network wide change is it only on a few sites? If it's network wide you might want to add an "official" answer (or edit Jon's). – ɥʇǝS Oct 21 '13 at 3:26
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    @FDinoff et al: Fun fact. Not only does the association bonus not count, as an employee with a diamond, even I can't answer the question without getting 10 reputation somehow. – Jon Ericson Oct 21 '13 at 3:46
  • @Jon but as diamond mod you can probably unprotect the question, post your answer and protect again. Right? :D – Shadow The Coffee Wizard Jan 2 '14 at 15:36
  • @Shadow Wizard: That would be cheating! ;-) – Jon Ericson Jan 2 '14 at 16:01
  • lol! I think it's just an oversight, diamonds should be able to do anything, not related to rep. I started discussion once asking if mods or employees can get themselves question banned. :) – Shadow The Coffee Wizard Jan 2 '14 at 16:16

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