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Questions tagged [protected-questions]

Questions may be protected by users with 15,000 reputation or by diamond moderators. Protected questions can only be answered by users with at least 10 reputation (110 if they have the association bonus).

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Possible for 15k+ users to mark questions which have been answered by suspended users as protected

From the protected question FAQ: Users with the Protect Questions privilege (15k reputation on graduated sites, 3.5k on beta sites) can protect a question which is at least a day old, and ...
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Users with only the association bonus can answer protected questions on per-site metas

A user on Photography has only 103 rep, and has the association bonus rights. So their rep without the association bonus is 3. Yet they were able to post this answer to a protected question on the ...
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Should protected questions prevent the comment privilege from the association bonus? [duplicate]

At 1 rep, a user can post, i.e. ask a question or post an answer to a question. They must earn sufficient rep to be able to comment. Users with the association bonus get 100 points added, so a new ...
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Writing answer to a question when it became protected--system disallowed post but counted as me posting

I just tried to post an answer to a question on Physics (where I have 103 reputation by association). While researching and writing up my answer, the question became protected (without me knowing). ...
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No way to know that a question is protected in the Android app

I'm trying to answer a question via the Android app, but I can't seem to find an answer button or instructions / reasons for why there isn't one. I see the question and its existing answers, but ...
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Misleading hover text for 'protect' option

The hover text for the 'protect' option is slightly misleading: disallow answers by anonymous and very new low rep users The word 'new' is off. It doesn't matter if the user is new or not; only ...
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Does unprotecting a question bump it to the front page? [duplicate]

I did quite some research but didn't find a post or FAQ that explained that detail. I ask this because, in case it does bump it, wouldn't that make the question a target for noisy/shallow answers ...
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Should we use the number “110 reputation” more widely with regards to the amount of rep needed to answer protected questions?

Please note: This is not a request to do anything. I'd like to obtain a general consensus before filing specific requests for specific changes. We apparently get quite a bit of confusion from users ...
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Remove user restrictions privilege “earned” at 101 rep with association bonus only? [duplicate]

I know that as a new user(or one with only the association bonus like me), one cannot post answers to protected questions, like this one: However, I noticed something very strange. When I click on ...
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Suggestion: remove “protected” questions from Hot Network Questions list.

I, as a user, got tired of the same situation. I see a question on the Hot Questions list. I know exact answer to it. There is no proper answer to it yet, and sometimes even dangerous advice. But ...
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What's the point of 'protecting' questions? [duplicate]

Protecting questions is a privilege awarded at 3,500 reputation on you're average SE site (of course it's different here, because unlike most SE sites, Meta SE and Stack Overflow have different ...
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Add the protected question banner at the top of the page for all (more?) users

I use quite a few sites and I'm really used to seeing the protected questions banner where it's "supposed" to be... right before the answers: According to Jon Ericson in an answer from a few years ...
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why not let question authors remove “protected” designation?

It seems that the moderators are too loose with the "protected" designation. I've seen this with questions asked by others and I've had it done to my own questions. I've seen a number of questions ...
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I have enough rep to answer, but can't? [duplicate]

It says I need 10 rep to answer this question because of a spam lock, but I have 37 and cannot add my answer. High Sierra - The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing ...
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What exactly is threshold for answering protected questions? [duplicate]

This is said in the FAQ Privileges not tied to a specific threshold To answer protected questions, you need to gain 10 reputation on the site – the association bonus does not count. In ...
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Can we have a better way to look at protected questions in the 10K tools?

Back in 2010, a request was made for a search operator for protected questions. This hasn't been implemented, so I thought I'd look at it from a different angle. In November of 2016, we added the ...
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How many answers deleted as spam or rude does it take to automatically protect a question?

It takes three deleted answers on a question for the question to be automatically protected. Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers Does the same apply for ...
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Better word choice for “Protected” questions

As you all probably know, some questions on the Network are sometimes Protected to: prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. For example, this question. When I first read the ...
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Should auto-protection kick in when a suspended user's answer is deleted?

What is a protected question? says: The system (via the Community user) will automatically protect a question that's had three answers from low-rep users deleted or [other stuff]. A meta Sandbox ...
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Protected questions and overall SO network reputation [duplicate]

I recently wanted to give an answer on an SO platform, but instead had to write a comment. The weird thing is, that I think the comment would have been a decent answer, which in turn could bump me ...
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Can an experienced SE user somehow submit an answer to a Protected question on a network he has low rep on?

I understand the reason is to prevent spam and bad answer, but is there any workflow to still submit an answer and get the reputation for it? Or do I simply have to write a comment and go away ...
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Protect privilege has disappeared [duplicate]

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 ...
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Answer from a user with 9 on-site reputation but protect option is not available (in sufficiently old question)

For 15K users protect option is supposed to work as described here: the question must have at least one answer by a new user aka a user with < 10 rep on the site (which is the required rep limit ...
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Aren't we protecting questions too quickly? [closed]

The reason I'm asking is because I've noticed questions getting protected within very short time-frames, sometimes just days. Take this code golf question for example, asked just two days ago: Print ...
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No info about user who protect or lock the question in the iOS app

Closed question has a banner with "i" button on the right. Tapping on it opens a block with additional information, in particular - user who close the question: But protected or locked posts don'...
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Why is the sandbox protected?

I noticed that Undo was playing around with the formatting sandbox last night and protected it. Why? Isn't the sandbox supposed to be where any user (new or old) can play around with Stack Exchange'...
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Is there any rate limit for protecting questions?

I have just started to protect some questions which I see fit, however, I don't know if there's an actual hard limit. Is there a limit to how many questions I can Protect at the same time? Obviously ...
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Protecting questions in beta SEs [duplicate]

Normally the privilege of protecting questions comes at 15000 points, but in the econ.SE, it says you only need 3500: The problem is I cannot seem to be able to find the tool for protecting ...
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Protected Questions table design is broken for non moderators

This is how the recently added Protected Questions page appears to me: (MSE, but same on SO) As mentioned by a moderator on Stack Overflow, moderator see it fine: Can the design please be ...
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Not being able to answer protected questions

I wanted to answer a question on Ask Ubuntu but it is marked as "protected". On a protected question, you can not answer if your reputation is less than 10 or is equal to 101 (associated bonus). It ...
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Protected by Community for a simple question [duplicate]

Why has the question How do I do an SQL query based on a foreign key field? been protected by Community? Is that a bug or really community found it very useful?
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Do we have any data on the effectiveness of protecting questions?

Any user with 15,000 or more reputation can protect a question, making it so that users with less than 10 reputation cannot answer it. This is usually done to prevent spam, non-answers, very low-...
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Protecting questions with answers by deleted users

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 ...
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Can mods/CM's prevent questions from being protected?

For instance, this Puzzling sandbox has been protected and unprotected 3 times so far. And according to chat, the PPCG sandbox has also had this problem. Is there a way for a mod or a CM to prevent a ...
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Create a queue on protected questions where low rep users can still answer

An option should be added for lower-rep users to answer protected questions, while the answer will not yet be posted in the question. Instead, it will be placed in a queue until the question asker or ...
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Change link “association bonus does not count” on Protected Question banner

Recently the text of Protected question note has been changed to include link "the association bonus does not count". This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers ...
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Protecting questions why isn't it possible? [duplicate]

I have lately got the privilege of protecting questions on Islam SE. Maybe I don't really know how this works, but i wonder, why on some questions i would get this opportunity as it is clearly ...
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Update privilege page so it doesn't claim I can answer protected questions while I can't

The privilege page tells me I can answer protected questions, but I still can't answer protected questions on The Workplace. I know it is because of the association bonus (also here); I have more than ...
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Can we get a special (unprotected) sandbox for the stack exchange API?

Can we have a special Stack Exchange site for testing out the API? I know about the formatting sandbox and the API sandbox already, but they're protected so I can't answer the question as a new user (...
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Is “(the association bonus does not count)” considered official Stack Exchange policy? [duplicate]

ORIGINAL QUESTION (before the "possible duplicate" tag was added): Could someone please look at the last few comments under the main question at Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic ...
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For protected questions, require local reputation to comment

Questions are occasionally protected when they start attracting unwanted input -- because the question was on the Hot Network Questions list, because it hit Reddit, because it's about a hot-button ...
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When does the community protect the question? [duplicate]

I didn't find any help related to this topic. How does the community protect a question? What is the logic behind that? Here is an example question: protected by Community♦ 58 mins ago This ...
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What should we do if we think a question should be protected?

If I feel a question of particular value as a "relatively frequently asked question" should be protected, what course of action should be taken?
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Why is so much rep needed to protect a question?

The feature to "protect" questions from inexperienced users is great, and works great. What's counterintuitive to me is that so much rep is required to protect a question. Using the feature requires ...
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“Protect Questions” privilege page doesn't mention the new answer requirement

A new feature was implemented a few weeks ago from Prevent protecting questions under certain circumstances - We recently implemented a change to protected questions based on the suggestion by ...
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Protection prevention ignores deleted answers from new users

Related: Prevent protecting questions under certain circumstances ...we're considering removing the option to protect from questions that haven't received at least one answer from a new user. That'...
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Deleted user's posts do not seem to count towards auto protection

I expected this post to be automatically protected by Community after three answers were deleted: However, that was not the case. Upon further investigation and some help from other mods , it ...
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Prevent protecting questions under certain circumstances

I've found a trend that I'd like to discuss. There are users that have reached 15K+ reputation that are participating in a question and then protecting it so that low reputation users can't answer. ...
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Show 10kers a larger list of recently protected questions

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 ...
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Can you protect and then unprotect your own questions? [duplicate]

I read the guidelines and and if I understand it correctly users with at least 15,000 reputation can protect or unprotect any question at least a day old. I cannot find out anywhere if this also ...