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Ah, bad timing. We're sorry! You can't see it, but that question already has three other low-quality, deleted answers as well. And a fourth (the one you mentioned, the downvoted one) that's about to be if it isn't edited, as it doesn't meet our citation guidelines. The moderator team chose to protect the question after a flag was raised asking for that. ...


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I think this is somewhat backwards. If the community cannot handle the questions through the normal means of self moderation, then you're not ready for the question yet. That's the angle to approach this from. Rather than lowering the bar to let more people "protect" more questions, I'd sooner see something like this implemented — A moratorium on hot ...


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I vote no because everyone needs to start somewhere. HNQ tends to attract low quality answers, but some new users post great answers on HNQ. If we protected all HNQ automatically, we would prevent any new users from providing answers to some of our most interesting questions and prevent them from easily joining our community, as HNQ are the questions that ...


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No scripts necessary. We do protect a lot of questions, and for good reasons; they attract way too many or low-quality answers in record time. It's normal for the subjects we handle. If anyone wishes to answer a protected question, the only requirement is that they get an easily attainable 10 rep on this community. So, I generally disagree with unprotecting ...


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People who can protect can also unprotect. I suspect that mostly we don't because those questions have slipped out of view -- they're no longer active and on the front page, so nobody notices. I don't think we want to indiscriminately unprotect all the protected questions, or even all the protected questions of a certain age (or whatever other criteria we ...


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I'm not even sure it's technically possible but I can ask the CMs. Personally, I don't really think we need this. The moderators get an auto flag when a question hits 10 answers or 20 comments on the same post but I've been reluctant to protect questions too much. If you feel that a question is getting a lot of bad attention, please flag it, like Zizouz212 ...


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