I direct your attention to this question: How to import contacts from symbian mobile to android mobile?

It has, as of this moment, five deleted answers. All are of the "me too" or "thanks that worked!" variety.

And yet, the question isn't "Protected".

It was my understanding that if a question gets three deleted answers from low-rep users attached to it, it automatically gets "Protected" status to help prevent these sorts of non-answer answers.

Did the automatic status change not happen? Or was it removed for some reason?

  • I protected it now, and based on the timeline it was not before. as you say. Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 4:09
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    The question remains, then: Why didn't it automatically happen?
    – ale
    Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 4:24

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I think I've figured it out, but I'd like some confirmation from Team Stack Overflow if possible.

Of the five deleted answers:

  • one is from a fairly high-reputation user
  • one is from a user who got the association bonus and so has 101 reputation points
  • one is from a destroyed user account
  • leaving two from low-reputation (10 or less) users

So that would seem to indicate that this is .


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    Confirmed, only n from a "not new" user (10+ rep) count in the auto-protect feature. I say n because it can vary by site, but is 3 everywhere currently. Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 19:02

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