Just got the privilege to protect answers however I'm not quite confident with it yet.

Could anyone let me know when should one protect a question?

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Short answer: please don't. Leave it to the mods.


Here's my reasoning - this site is under a lot of scrutiny. Since Mage Stack Day I have had 15 or so people contact me and say that they feel this isn't a very open or accepting place for newcomers.

A protect on a question or answer would only be used properly in the case of dozens of duplicate answers or a question that is being repeatedly edited.

In an effort to keep these complaints down let us be the bad guys when we have to be - and we'll try not to be - and you keep doing what you're doing.

Some reading about when to protect:


From the article:

When should I protect or unprotect a question?

Do protect questions that are attracting a lot of non-answers or very poor answers (spam, etc.) from new users. Don’t protect questions just because they’re linked to on a high-traffic news site. Do unprotect questions that aren’t currently attracting a lot of attention and don’t have a long history of unproductive answers.

  • Fair enough. What about long answer ? ^^ As you asked me I'll leave it to you guys but out of curiosity I wanna know how do you guys decide what to protect ? Jul 1, 2016 at 7:40
  • Thanks for that I appreciate the clarification Jul 1, 2016 at 8:18

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