This question
Correct usage of pronoun: “their” vs “its”

is shown as "protected by ЯegDwight ...", suggesting that it has some significance.

Should it list in Review|Close Votes?

I think it better not, in spite of it having earned some close votes.

  • It's now closed. It's a very early ELU question, and it appears that the standard may have moved somewhat since it was asked. Nowadays it would be closed quite quickly, I think.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 11:50

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Many people take "protected" to mean "significant" in some way, but that's not what it is supposed to mean. "Protected" simply means what the banner says: "we've seen enough poor 'answers' from 1-rep users on this one, thank you very much, we have better things to do than clean up here yet again".

That is completely orthogonal to whether the question is a dupe, or really even on-topic at all.

  • Noted. Thank you.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 11:05
  • @Kris: oh, and you are less than 1k away from actually seeing the reason why it's protected.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 11:06
  • And doing what I can do reach that. There's still much to learn on ELU.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 11:09
  • @Reg: I seem to have recently gained "protective powers", but as yet I haven't actually used them. Should I take it as gospel that the intended context is where there are already several low-quality "me too" answers from new users on a popular question that I don't think is likely to have a definitive "correct" answer? Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 16:59
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    @Fum popular questions that are one step short of bikeshedding are obvious candidates, yes. However, less popular questions that do have a definite answer probably account for just as many protects. If an elaborate answer has been sitting accepted for two years, and someone new comes along and posts a half-assed one-liner that adds nothing except typos and lols, and the question gets bumped, and someone else sees it and posts yet another pointless one-liner — we don't really need that. And then of course there are questions about offensive words we protect preemptively as soon as we see them.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 19:24

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