First, it started posting. Now it's protecting stuff?!? Doesn't sound like your ordinary "background process" to me...

The only other explanation is that it's a person, but in that case, it would probably be a mod or dev, and they (should) have accounts everywhere. In that case, why isn't this person using their own account?

Editing by Community‚ô¶ indicates anonymous editing, and approvals by Community‚ô¶ are made with a workaround that doesn't apply to posting or protecting.

What's going on here?

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    I wouldn't worry about it - until it starts terminating users... :) – Cyclops Sep 14 '11 at 12:05
  • This by far goes into my box of Top Ten Most Interesting Questions on Gaming SE. – Ender Apr 5 '12 at 18:50

Auto-protection was enabled as part of an old Meta feature request. Specifically, it targets exactly the stuff that we use to judge manual protection - track records of actual issue. Or, in simpler terms, Community protects when 3 or more new answers from new users are deleted on a question.

So I guess that puts the answer to your question at May 5th.

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What you can't see about that protected question is the three deleted "answers" by 1-rep users that myself and the other mods have converted to comments.

I'm going to make a logical guess that there's a 3 "new user answer deleted" threshold, which that question reached, which triggered the auto-protection.

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