I recently reached 15k on Stack Overflow, and promptly went to check out my new privileges. Results:

  • Questions protected: 0
  • Questions unprotected: >10

Turns out, people protect things for weird reasons - sometimes no apparent reason at all. As described in Changes and guidelines for the Protected Question status, I've been unprotecting these:

Do unprotect questions that aren't currently attracting a lot of attention and don't have a long history of unproductive answers.

However, it's hard to find these bogus protections in a timely manner. The list in the 10k tools only shows the last 15 protections, which means I inevitably miss some when I'm not watching the list consistently (or go to sleep, a habit I need to shake anyway). I've been running SEDE queries to find these after the fact, but that only updates once a week.

Could we increase the maximum number of items shown in that list to at least 50 (probably with "show more" links to load more in increments of 10 or 25 or something)?

Additionally, it would be useful to see who protected a question - specifically, whether it was a community member or Community auto-protecting after answers were deleted.


  • It would be useful to see who deleted or undeleted posts, too, but that's a separate request. Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 8:22
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    I agree. I don't have 15k yet on any site, but I have 10k privileges on Mathematics and have flagged some posts that were recently protected by a specific user. I am sure there were more, as that user had protect a lot of questions of the recent ones.
    – wythagoras
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 15:48
  • @Undo how you see this page? Like this, or like that? Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 21:17
  • @ShadowWizard Not sure what you're asking, but i.sstatic.net/EJ8Hn.png
    – Undo
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 21:19
  • Thanks, see the comments under bluefeet's answer, rene and me see a different thing which looks pretty bad. My guess is that the style resides in a mod-only file, hence moderators see this fine. (And the developers can't know it's borked) Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 21:23

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As of this morning, there is a new 10k tool under /tools that provides a list of protected questions.

The page is found under links at the bottom of the page, and it is similar to some of the other 10k tools in that you are presented with multiple tabs for filtering the data. You can filter the list of protected questions by:

  • all - lists all protected questions
  • month - questions protected in the last month
  • week - questions protected this week
  • day - questions protected in the past day

It also provides additional details on who protected the question, the total number of answers in the past 30 days, and the total number of deleted answers. This should make it a bit easier to see what questions are being protected and allow a bit of review.

  • @bluefeet if this is what you see (I'm on 100% zoom, I dubble checked) then we declare this status-bydesign ... ;)
    – rene
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 16:29
  • @rene I'm definitely not seeing that and I'm on 100% zoom.
    – Taryn
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 16:31
  • @bluefeet it looks the same for me on Edge as well and on firefox it looks like this, slightly different
    – rene
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 16:35
  • Hmm @rene I'm not seeing that in any browser and neither are others. I'll ask the dev to take a look though
    – Taryn
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 16:46
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    Definitely some spacing issues (see).
    – Cai
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 16:51
  • @rene yup, same here. bluefeet, can you please post a screenshot of what you see? Maybe devs got a different CSS or some other dev magic at work? Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 18:54
  • @ShadowWizard I've asked a dev to take a look but it's the weekend where he is so it might not be looked at until Monday.
    – Taryn
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 18:55
  • @bluefeet thanks, but you said you see something else, so curious to see that. (i.e. how it's supposed to look like. :-)) Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 18:56
  • Mine looks pretty normal @ShadowWizard
    – Taryn
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 19:00

The recently protected section could use some love. Right now, it just lists them. That makes it a bit awkward for users who do check on the posts to see what is going on.

The following columns should be in place:

  • Title of question
  • Age of question
  • Number of answers
  • Who protected
  • When it was protected

If people want to get fancy, add a sparkline to those to show a histogram of the data:

  • Reputation of users posting answers
  • Score of answers

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