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As discussed in this post, a question must have at least one answer by a user with less than 10 reputation in order to be protected by a 15k+ user.

For example, here’s a question that’s several years old with no answers by low-rep users:

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Clearly there’s no protect option.

The protect option shows up normally on another fairly old question with a post or two by a <10 rep user.

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However, the protect option is also present on any post whose only answers are by users whose accounts were subsequently deleted, for example here and here, regardless of how much reputation they originally had:

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Is this a bug?

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    A user who's been deleted doesn't have any rep anymore, so I don't really see the problem; there's a decent chance their account was deleted because of the same (sorts of) things that necessitate the protection (like spam). – Nathan Tuggy Sep 2 '16 at 6:34
  • @NathanTuggy - There may not be a problem. On the other hand, most sites have a few users with hundreds or thousands of posts who left, and a good fraction of those will have theirs as the only answer. So 15k+ users could protect those if they wanted to, which might go against the purpose of the answer requirement. Newly active questions sometime get a lot of new answers (at least on sites with less turnover in the active queue), so users might be motivated to answer and protect those preemptively. – Adamant Sep 2 '16 at 6:37
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    Better that than to be unable to protect a question because of a spammer's post. That has happened, often enough I think it may have gotten changed explicitly. – Nathan Tuggy Sep 2 '16 at 6:38
  • @NathanTuggy - Then it might not be a bug. There may be no easy way to implement both. – Adamant Sep 2 '16 at 6:39
  • Yeah, I suspect they're just relying on 15kers being mostly fairly sensible, and only preventing the worst problems in the software. – Nathan Tuggy Sep 2 '16 at 6:47

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