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I’ve recently noticed that some questions are marked as “highly active“ while actually they are not. This is a recent example of a question that never hit the “Hot Network” list and its total views are, after 3 days, just about 80.

Below the “locked” banner there is another banner which says: “Highly active question. You have enough reputation to answer or unprotect this question.” Which is the same banner used for real “highly active questions“!!!

Have conditions for being classified as “highly active questions” changed recently?

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Have conditions for being classified as “highly active questions” changed recently?

The timeline shows a ♦ moderator chose to protect it manually. This is possible even though there are no deleted answers; perhaps they were afraid of new users posting comments as answers, since the question has a comment lock?

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The name "highly active" may be confusing, but apparently (see the comments by Shog9 here) it's a nudge to users to protect only those questions which are really "highly active".


The strange thing about this situation is that to me (with a mere 12k reputation on EL&U), only the lock banner is shown:

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You do see the banner because you have enough reputation (more than 15k) to unprotect questions; this is a deliberate choice to reduce noise.

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  • Thanks for your post. So if I understand it correctly the reason why the mark HAQ is used for “protected” but not HAQ is to attract users to answer the question? – user455318 Jun 8 at 16:44

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