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On Puzzling, I noticed first that there wasn't an option to protect my own questions. I brought this up in chat, and other high-rep users replied that it has disappeared for them too.

Not sure if this is just Puzzling, or site wide, but I have just under 16k rep and have had the privilege a while. It's odd it just disappeared. Users on Literature have reproed.

EDIT: It's all questions, including 24 hour old ones with new user answers. Random example that has no protect option for me.

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  • 15k users are only allowed to protect questions which are 24 hours old and have at least one answer from a new user. We disallowed protecting any question a year ago.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 22 '17 at 19:35
  • @animuson this applies for any question. Ones from the beginning of the site with new user answers still don't have the option Mar 22 '17 at 19:36
  • @BeastlyGerbil That question has no answers by users that don't have the 10 rep needed to answer a protected question.
    – Servy
    Mar 22 '17 at 19:39
  • @Servy ok scrap that example. I'll find another Mar 22 '17 at 19:39
  • Doesn't work on other sites either. Codegolf and literature both have repro-ed.
    – user311528
    Mar 22 '17 at 19:43
  • Curiously SFF hasn't repro-ed: scifi.stackexchange.com/posts/155325/timeline Mar 22 '17 at 19:46
  • No users with < 10 rep on these examples.
    – Shog9
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:23
  • here is what you do if you want to protect: 1) vote down this or this answer, so that answerer's rep falls from 111 to 109 2) reload question page in browser 3) observe how protect link appears and use it 4) while still in voting grace period undownvote to preserve your rep (I am not well aware of quality norms at Puzzling but it seems that for second answer it would be fair to keep downvote - it looks like cr@p upvoted only by inexperienced asker out of pure gratitude)
    – gnat
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:37
  • @randal'thor can you see deleted answer(s) from <10 on-site rep user(s) in that SFF question? if yes then that explains it - deleted answers also enable the option to protect
    – gnat
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:42
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    @gnat Yes, two deleted answers from a 1-rep user. Mar 22 '17 at 20:44
  • @randal'thor there you go: Protection prevention ignores deleted answers from new users, bug reported in May 2016 and fixed almost immediately after that. Deleted answers enable protect option just like regular ones
    – gnat
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:48
  • typo in my first comment: should read "answerer's rep falls from 11 to 9" (FWIW 111->109 would work for users with association bonus)
    – gnat
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:53
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    Looks like the same basic problem as meta.stackexchange.com/questions/238594/… Mar 22 '17 at 21:27
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15k users are only allowed to protect questions which are 24 hours old and have at least one answer from a new user. We disallowed protecting any question a year ago.

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  • Moved from a comment since this appears to be the answer.
    – Shog9
    Mar 22 '17 at 20:26
  • ... But not worth an upvote :(
    – user147520
    Mar 22 '17 at 21:04
  • @Iain why not? It's correct, and answers the question. Mar 22 '17 at 21:46
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    @ShadowWizard You missed my elipsis and sad face. The original commenter didn't seem fit to upvote the correct answer. I was the first to do so.
    – user147520
    Mar 22 '17 at 21:51

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