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Thought I'd add my PoV here - the mods kindly reached out to me about this when it first happened and I'd been talking with them about it. The ask on our end isn't as simple as Dopplegreener's answer makes it out to be. We'd have to build a dev route that doesn't currently exist to re-protect them, rather than undoing the protection. It's not a five-minute ...


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There are actually 4 deleted answers to that question (which takes 10K rep to see). 2 of those answers are from brand new users, 1 is from a new user that has the associated bonus rep, and 1 is from a fairly new, low rep user. None of the 4 answers submitted answer the question asking about canonical behaviour from Anima Beyond Fantasy sources and instead ...


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Yes, we should absolutely reprotect those questions. We didn't protect them for kicks, and having all of them become unprotected is actively harmful for us. Doing so takes no effort on our part; Rubiksmoose already stated that “[Stack Exchange staff] have the ability to identify and reverse all the questions this user unprotected” so they're just waiting on ...


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You should only protect questions in unusual circumstances. Despite rumors to the contrary, our site likes new users. New users get rep mainly by answering questions. If new users can't answer questions, then we won't get new users. Only protect questions when they have "gone wrong." Usually that's some lurid question that is bringing in loads of crap ...


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I recommend a complete reversal. First of all, a disclaimer: I’m actually of the opinion that we had too many protected posts, and that we--as a site--should be more proactive about unprotecting things after a time. That said, for me this issue is less about the end-state than it is about the process, and what we can learn from it. I believe we should be on ...


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Leave unprotected and gather data for 60 days, then decide. This is not an endorsement of the actions taken by this user, they should have talked to the community before unprotecting virtually every question on this site. However, this is about doing the best thing for this community going forward now that we are here. tl;dr We learn nothing by reprotecting ...


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Spam prevention doesn't seem to be the main use for protection (volume-wise) Given the previous data, this would mean that only 212/943 = 22% of protection activity involves spam. 58% of posts which receive spam are never protected This tells me that spam has been not the main use of protection for us in the past. In fact, it seems like a very minor or at ...


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I linked a couple in one of my answers here on one of the iterations of the "don't guess the system" question. One was a Dungeon World question people mistook for D&D 5E, another was a Genesys question people mistook for D&D 5E. People, plural. They were both system-tagged at the time, as was this question about changing armor during combat ...


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Use the site-wide guidelines Protection was originally created to deal with high volume drive-by posting: [Protection] is meant to be a reaction to persistent abuse from anonymous or unproven participants: when a page attracts a lot of noise or vandalism from outside the community, Protecting it reduces the amount of clean-up needed later on. On our site, ...


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Your default shouldn't be to protect questions, so this isn't a matter of when you shouldn't, but when you should. Consider that protection could just always be automatic, but it only is in certain circumstances (e.g. when a question has attracted multiple spam/offensive answers). As Mxyzplk is getting at, one of Stack Exchange's core values is having a bar ...


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No, we shouldn't re-protect them While the mass unprotection was a rash move, the fact is that almost all protects are for time limited reasons - hot network questions, squabbles, and so on. If even 5 of these 700 questions pop a problem and need to be re-protected I’d be shocked. Just leave it alone and re-protect if and as needed.


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I've gone ahead and unprotected these 3 questions now; as you point out, there's no possible issue that can arise from unprotecting questions that have been permanently locked. (I think all types of post locks other than the comment-only lock do prevent anyone from posting an answer on the question.) I also agree that questions that are permanently locked, ...


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We have a high moderation capacity One thing to remember about the protection feature is that it is a preventative measure that aims to reduce the amount of (reactive) moderation that is necessary. We have a high capacity for moderation – and most of that consists of community members using their flags and privileges. There’s very rarely more than one or two ...


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A curious point of error can be the WoD/CoD mismatch, where players might assume the two share more rules than they do - and give advice based on the wrong system. Without pointing a finger, I have seen this at least twice.


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These questions should be unprotected going by the Privileges page The Privileges page describes protected questions as follows: [...] Questions should be protected when they are attracting poor answers from new users that exceed the volume which can be moderated in a timely manner. Questions should be unprotected when they are no longer attracting large ...


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I just wanted to extract a few replies from the comments above: From Medix2's comment on the number of deleted answers per protected question (note: this is all-time, not just the 700 recently unprotected questions) 11% had no deleted answers 26% had 1 deleted answer 29% had 2 deleted answers 18% had 3 deleted answers 9% had 4 deleted answers 4% had 5 ...


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We have to unprotect things intelligently Out of the ~700 recently unprotected questions, 5 have gotten answers in just 21 days. All 5 of those answers have since been deleted and/or are at -1 or lower. This works out very roughly to around 2 Very Low Quality (VLQ) answers per week for this group of posts. All of these posts would have been prevented by ...


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Don't protect questions for esoteric systems We've got several rpgs on here with almost no participation. I think I'm probably the only active user with extensive Polaris experience, for example. There was another guy who played Anima for a bit, but also one of those anti-optimization people at the same time so that's kinda dead now. I'm quite confident ...


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Summarizing criteria that I find relevant Things that are a +1 point in Protecting a question: The question already has an accepted answer, that is most likely up-to-date. The question already has a highly upvoted answer, that is most likely up-to-date. The question already has 2 or more deleted answers from low (<100) rep users (I'm using <100 ...


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