I have this question in my favourites so I see when people add to it.

The question attracts many users who add another answer which just repeats what has said before so it has been Protected

However Protected says

This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site.

So how did this answer by a user with a reputation of 1 get added?

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    I'm noting voting irregularities, I bet they were >10 recently Nov 7, 2013 at 13:40
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    The user lost 110 rep because a user that voted on his posts was removed, and he has been suspended for voting irregularities. He had more than 10 rep before that point, and may still have enough today, if it wasn't for the suspension. Nov 7, 2013 at 13:42
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    OK - perhaps we need to rise the bar on protected questions to several hundred or even more - I'll raise a separate question if I can't find a duplicate
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 7, 2013 at 13:43
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    Not really. One crappy user doesn't make for a systemic problem. Nov 7, 2013 at 13:45
  • I'll +1 that request to raise the bar a bit. Nov 7, 2013 at 13:45
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    There is no point in doing so. It's there to prevent spam. Not to exclude a significant portion of our users.
    – Bart
    Nov 7, 2013 at 13:46
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    To determine if raising the bar is desired, an analysis should probably be done first to determine how many answers by users with rep between 10 and (whatever we want the new limit to be) were upvoted versus downvoted. If it's found to not be viable, perhaps we can extend this analysis to include votes on the question, number of answers, votes on the answers, views, whatever else. Nov 7, 2013 at 13:51
  • OK seeing this question looks like Protection is for Spam and I am wanting something between Protected and lock
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 7, 2013 at 13:53
  • @Dukeling The given question would not have all the crappy answers caught by that query there are repeat answers that have a positive vote
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 7, 2013 at 14:00
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    Oh wait, that should probably be deleted or downvoted versus non-deleted upvoted answers. @Mark I don't really understand you last comment (or maybe I'm not sure why it's directed at me), does this help - I'm talking about on a larger scale - we should check all answers to all protected questions by users with said reputation - if the ratio of deleted or downvoted questions is high enough, there's merit in the request. Nov 7, 2013 at 14:37

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That user had >10 when they posted the answer. They currently have 1 reputation due to suspension. See their profile

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