When does a question qualify for the community or a mod to protect it from "thanks" and "me too" comments? It didn't seem to have to do with views or votes.

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    I believe it's just something that is done when it actually becomes a problem. – Elva Oct 1 '13 at 10:32
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    It's a rep privilege. Therefore it's the decision of any passing 15k+ user whether a question should be protected, and their criteria are up to them. – fredley Oct 1 '13 at 12:51

Two ways:

  1. A mod or 15k+ user manually selects a question for protection (this is an uncommon occurrence, and is not done lightly)
  2. When a mod deletes or converts an answer (usually because they were intended as comments) by a <20 rep user, and there are two other such deleted answers on the question (for a total of 3), the question will automatically protect itself -- "Protected by Community".

Because you do not have 10k rep, you aren't able to see the deleted answers these questions have in common.

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