A question recently hit the Hot Network Questions list.

I noticed that it was recently protected.

The normal reasons for protecting a question are to stop an influx of low-quality answers or non-answers posted as answers, yet I only see one deleted answer (which was deleted for being a non-answer).

Was the question protected because of that one answer? If so, was that perhaps premature? Content hitting the HNQ list is a great way to reach new users, even if the vast majority post once and never return.

As I mentioned before, I feel that we should be fairly conservative in our use of protecting questions, particularly HNQ list questions, but it's entirely possible I missed something (deleted comments, etc.) that would merit moderator intervention, so asking here seemed the appropriate course.

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    Also note that all those users won't be able to answer it at all
    – Ángel
    May 5, 2016 at 20:12
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    The question was not protected because of low-quality answers. My reason for protecting it was because of a number of flagged comments in quick succession by low-rep users, which protecting helps to stem. Hmm. Maybe I should have waited? I often try to manage "iffy" comments by moving them to chat, but these were flagged as offensive (and I agreed.) May 5, 2016 at 20:34
  • @anongoodnurse Thanks for responding. I'm rusty, but I didn't think protecting stopped comments?
    – user420
    May 5, 2016 at 20:35
  • If it does, though, that's certainly a good reason to protect the question.
    – user420
    May 5, 2016 at 20:35
  • OK, I was in error. Lifted. TIL. Thanks for bringing that up. @Ángel - my apologies. :( May 5, 2016 at 21:01
  • No problem, @anongoodnurse ☺
    – Ángel
    May 5, 2016 at 21:26


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