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An old question on Super User with lots of views was just bumped by a spam user. The post was spam-flagged and removed, and the question was simultaneously protected.

Does this mean this related question is ? Is there any other criteria for auto-protecting or does this happen when an answer on an old, popular (metrics?) question gets spam-flag-removed?

For what it's worth, I thought I saw a similar behaviour yesterday, but I was not sure.

marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Richard Tingle, Danubian Sailor, Hugo Dozois, gnat Oct 9 '13 at 21:52

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As Cody said, this is completed here

This will be in the next build. When the third answer on a question from a new (<10 rep) user is deleted, protection will be triggered automatically from Community. There is one tweak though: each user only counts once when we're checking deleted (to eliminate the self-answers that should be comments on their own question case).

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