Sure, someone might want to read a protected question, comments, or answers to it. And someone might want to add a new comment.

But it would be helpful to know before visiting a question whether it is protected. That way, someone who might visit it to offer an answer or edit the question can know beforehand that new answers and edits are not allowed.

When a question has been determined to be a duplicate, you see [duplicate] in its title at the top level. And if migrated you see [migrated]. Why not similarly show [protected] for a protected question?

  • What is a blocked question? Do you mean a locked one?
    – tchrist Mod
    Jun 18, 2014 at 16:31
  • I thought I saw the word blocked in this context, but I guess the word is protected. Here is an example. I edited the suggestion accordingly. Thx.
    – Drew
    Jun 18, 2014 at 16:35
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    'Protected' only prevents answering by new users (those with rep less than 10). Do you think this feature request is worthwhile for them?
    – Mitch
    Jun 18, 2014 at 19:23
  • @Mitch. No; I don't think that. I misunderstood. I guess I didn't read the notice well. Sorry for the noise.
    – Drew
    Jun 18, 2014 at 22:29
  • I can't imagine many (if any) users who don't have the necessary 10 rep points required to answer such questions would have any idea what "protected" means in this context, so I'm voting -1 because this feature seems utterly pointless to me. Jun 21, 2014 at 16:38
  • @FumbleFingers: See my reply saying that I misread the notification. I can delete the question if you like. OTOH, what seems pointless to me is brandishing a giant banner saying that the page is protected when it is only protected against editing by users who have fewer than 10 (count 'em!) points. Not an excuse for my misreading, by any means, but still not very good UI, IMHO.
    – Drew
    Jun 21, 2014 at 18:11


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