14 votes

Question was protected while I was composing an answer

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 ...
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8 votes

Can the threshold for protecting questions be lowered?

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 ...
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5 votes

Should we create a script to unprotect questions?

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 ...
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5 votes

Automatically protect questions that hit HNQ

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 ...
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3 votes

Should we create a script to unprotect questions?

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 I suspect that mostly we don't because those questions have slipped out of view -- they're no longer active and on the front page, so nobody notices.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'...
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Can the threshold for protecting questions be lowered?

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 ...
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