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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Is there a way to see the history of questions protected by me or another user?

Having a record of all actions taken on a site, as is provided by the "activity" and "votes" tabs of our profile, comes in handy very often. Perhaps the most common case is being able to find a ...
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10k tools enhancement request: Questions with many deleted answers

I have passed 3500 reputation on a beta site, so I have both access to the 10K tools and the ability to protect things. However, the protection ability is somewhat tough to use, because there isn't ...
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How can I share a helpful solution with the Community as my first post? [duplicate]

I just discovered a significant updated solution for the following topic: Add alternating row color to SQL Server Reporting services report I feel so compelled to share it, but this would be my ...
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Unable to answer a protected question in Beta [duplicate]

There was a request in the Workplace Chatroom from a someone on Writers Beta to see if we could share some knowledge on a question. Myself not having used it before did not have an account so I ...
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Protected notice appears at the bottom of the page for guest users and is poorly formatted [duplicate]

Guests see the Protected notice at the bottom of the page, somewhat displaced: Logged in, all is fine: It actually belongs there, at the bottom, but then it has some design glitches, or it needs to ...
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Cannot answer protected questions with 97 reputation [duplicate]

I can't seem to be able to answer protected questions here on Meta, where I have 97 reputation (as of writing). The text says that I must have at least 10 reputation, but I obviously have more.
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Protecting a question shows mistaken authorship in Google search results

Today, I was searching on Google for a resource on viewing the JavaScript console in various browsers. As it turns out, there was a good overview on Webmasters.SE: "Thanks, John Conde!" I thought to ...
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After 60 days with no activity, a question should automatically become protected [duplicate]

I've been seeing a lot of really old questions being bumped to the front page because a person who most likely found the question on google answers "Yeah me too". These are two examples: How print ...
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Don't show protections on closed questions [duplicate]

I just noticed this question, the GoDaddy-SOPA one. On thing that confused even me, as a 6k user on Meta, was this: Now, I knew after a second's thought that the question was closed and no new ...
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Don't close opinion-based questions, but have them protected from being answered by untrusted users

Happened to me a few times: I needed to determine which solution is better so first I googled for a while and found nothing trustful. So I asked on Stack Overflow because research takes a long time. ...
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Protection threshold not in use [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/a/17467539/1091386 was posted by a user with 1 reputation even though the question had been protected. This feels like a bug to me.
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Question getting lots of non-answers

This question on SO is getting a lot of non-answers posted pretty much continually. As soon as one account is deleted another pops up. Shouldn't an IP ban kick in to prevent the same person creating ...
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Why is there a protect button on closed questions with no answers?

Why do we have a protect button for closed questions? If the question holds answers which are highly upvoted and are most viewed, then it makes sense. But why do we provide protect links on questions ...
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Can we get a better wording for protected questions?

For context, see https://security.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1208/836. In essence: "This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must ...
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Automatically protect questions after the 10th answer [duplicate]

Sometimes, questions get popular and out of hand. They start accumulating answer over answer, typically by low reputation users, typically not saying anything that wasn't said already. Even when you ...
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Should I protect not constructive questions until they are closed?

An answer on the late answers review queue took me to an old question, that should be closed as not constructive per today's standards. The answer is honest, as the problem is the question in my ...
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Why is the Association Bonus ignored when trying to answer a protected question?

I registered on math.se only to post an answer to this question. However, since it's a protected question, I am not allowed to answer it. (I found this info from here). Worth to mention, I can ...
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Should trending questions be auto-protected? [duplicate]

I noticed today that a request for protection came up due to the the large number of me-too answers on a trending question I answered recently. This got me thinking, since trending questions get far ...
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Remove or replace the “protect questions” privilege

Users with more than 15k reputation can protect questions. I would argue that it doesn't make any sense anymore to keep this privilege since the automatic protection of questions with three deleted ...
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Why can only moderators protect questions less than 1 day old?

From here: Who can protect and unprotect questions? Diamond moderators Users with at least 15,000 reputation, with the following restrictions: The question must be at least a day ...
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Why did this question get protected? [closed]

Title says it all, really. This question seems to be to worst kind of shopping question, it's three years old, low views, and it doesn't seem to have any 'Historical Significance.' If there's some ...
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“Look at all the questions I can't answer” [closed]

I'm a new user. I have a few measly reputation points on some sites. But I have none at security. I just saw a "hot" question and I'd like to contribute. VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k ...
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question was protected by user of less than 1k reputation

I was just stumbling on StackOverFlow and I found out a question that is protected by user who has a reputation of 584, here's the link of the question SO: How to change sa password in SQL Server ...
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What is protection of questions really used for?

So I have just run across the fact that this question got protected, and I was wondering why that was done. After carefully looking at this, I meant to ask Daniel what was his intention — just to ...
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Closing a question should remove/hide protection notice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don't display “protected” notice if the question is locked or closed Currently, if a question that is protected is closed, it continues to show the protection ...
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Auto-protect does not seem to kick in on migrated questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers Why wasn't this question automatically protected after 7 deleted spam answers? This ...
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Prevent suggested edits under 10 reputation on protected questions

Recently, we've had some suggested edit spam from anonymous users. The specific question being targeted is protected: protected by studiohack ♦ Apr 27 '11 at 1:10 This question is protected to ...
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Automatically protect old questions having accepted answers

Most new users who spam old questions do not check to see if the answer has been accepted by the user, or how old it is. Preventing 1-rep users from answering old questions where the OP has clearly ...
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Does it make my question valuable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “protected” question? I post this question structure-of-a-comment-system on Apr 30 in StackOverflow.After 20 days I got this message upon my question. protected by ...
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Does auto-protection not work on migrated questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why wasn't this question automatically protected after 7 deleted spam answers? As far as I'm concerned, auto-protection of a question happens when there are three deleted ...
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Allow people to answer protected questions if they have earned at least some amount of combined SE rep

The purpose of protected questions is, according to the message presented on such a question, "to prevent 'thanks!', 'me too!', or spam answers by new users." The more verbose "Protected questions" ...
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Allow users with 15k reputation to protect questions less than a day old, but with more than N answers

Right now, diamond moderators and users with at least 15k reputation can protect questions, though for non-moderators the question must be at least a day old. There's also an auto-protect mechanism ...
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Undocumented change to reputation threshold for answering protected questions?

The banner displayed on protected questions still states that the reputation threshold for answering is 10, but the real threshold appears to be greater than 75. I have 75 reputation on Stack Overflow,...
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What is required to get a question “Protected”?

I have a question on SO that generates answers by users with reputation 1, they are mostly nonse. And the question already has an accepted and highly upvoted answer. The "rep 1" users posts a new ...
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Why wasn't this question automatically protected after 7 deleted spam answers?

I just destroyed a spam user, and noticed that one of their posts, which is to this question: Require anonymous user to register to add content-type Is the seventh spam answer to be deleted. I ...
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Can the protect feature be made to block “101” users as well?

Somewhat in the same spirit as this question, and somewhat inspired by my (recent!) discovery that one now needs 125 reputation to downvote stuff, I have to ask: Can the question protection feature ...
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What causes a question to be protected by the Community ♦ user [duplicate]

I noticed this question in particular, which has 5 deleted answers on it. The most recently deleted answer was deleted by a diamond mod 3 minutes prior to the time it was protected by Community ♦ Is ...
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Request a post to be unprotected

Since questions can be protected, there should be a way to unprotect them. There is currently a question with an answer that the poster indicates is less than desirable. I have a better solution after ...
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Auto-protect questions before the 30th answer to avoid low-rep users triggering automatic community wiki conversion [closed]

Since questions are auto-CW-ed on their 30th answer, it would probably be nice to make sure this does not happen because of 10 "thank you" answers but due to real answers that actually justify the CW-...
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Protecting a question does not work with exactly 15000 reputation

Today I got to 15000 reputation on Super User. I received the notification that I could now protect questions (eligible for protection as per the FAQ). Interestingly enough, it didn't work. I just ...
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Optional timed protection on questions

Occasionally I stumble onto random protected questions like this one: Is it possible to kill everyone or are some NPCs unkillable? and I wonder if it's really necessary that they are still protected. ...
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suggestion: warn on adding answer to protected question

"Protected" prevents newbies from adding silly answers to popular questions. It doesn't stop not-so-newbies, as I just noticed following a link from the flags page. How about if proposing to answer a ...
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Why do protected questions only require 10 reputation to answer?

I have noticed that questions are sometimes protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. In order to answer those questions, you must have earned more than 10 reputation on ...
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Is it worth flagging a question and asking moderators to protect a question?

Given the number of comments on this SO question: In C++, why should new be used as little as possible?, I'm wondering if it should be protected. Do moderators, et al., appreciate flagging a question ...
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How to Protect a Question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “protected” question? How do you protect a question? Is there a link I can click? I have sufficient rep, but I don't see a protect link. Are there any ...
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Mute down the protected message for advance user

The protected message on question take quite a lot of screen space and you get after a while of using the site. protected by {user}♦ {date} This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me ...
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Does community user auto-protect old questions? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Should active bounty questions be protectable?

When a bounty is active on a question, that question can't be closed. There's currently no restriction on making such a question protected, though: Should we remove the option of protecting questions ...
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Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers

There are a few "automatically protect questions" requests out there, but I'd like to add another twist. I'd like to request that questions that have three or more deleted answers by users with <...
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Why are closed questions not automatically unprotected?

I recently became a pro tem moderator of the Quant Finance SE. I protected a question that eventually was voted to be closed. Even after it was closed, the question was still listed as protected. This ...