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♦ indicates anonymous editing, and approvals by Community♦ 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, 2011 at 12:05
  • This by far goes into my box of Top Ten Most Interesting Questions on Gaming SE.
    – Ender
    Apr 5, 2012 at 18:50

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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.


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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