I was a Moderator here once upon a time. During my "reign" I protected this question due to the number of junk answers it was getting. (Ignore, for now, the fact that we probably wouldn't let such a question stay open nowadays.)

I have since resigned as a Moderator. However, when I view that question, I can see the "unprotect" link. I have not seen that link on any other protected questions, so I can only assume that I can see it because I was the user that originally protected it.

I have not followed through to see if I can actually unprotect it, but it seems to me that displaying that link to me is unintended. (Granted, this is an edge case. I mean, how many protected questions are out there that were protected by former Moderators?)

  • I suppose the question is whether never-been-a-mods can unprotect questions they have previously protected. But the privilege of doing so requires 15k rep, so you still shouldn't be able to do it. Good catch. Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 16:04
  • Well, phooey. I didn't realize that mere mortals could protect questions. (Not paying as much attention on Meta SO as I thought.) This may very well be intended then. I could see someone protecting a question and then having a couple of bounties remove the priv from them, requiring Moderator intervention for their previously protected questions. (Assuming "Protection" is ideally supposed to be a temporary measure.)
    – ale
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 16:08

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This is by design. A protected question can only be unprotected by the original user who protected it, or a moderator.

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