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I have noticed that the "Protect/Unprotect" button no longer exists where I was used to see it. Has this functionality been eliminated (site-wide or network-wide)?

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    $\begingroup$ It's working, I just tried it here $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2023 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ @ArcticChar: Indeed, I can see it for that question, too. Could you please take a look here and here and tell me if you see the "Protect/Unprotect" button? Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    Nov 21, 2023 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ That's because of the criteria that Asaf mentioned below. I just downvoted one of the answer here, so that (poor) answer-er now has <10 reps, and the protect bottom shows up when I refresh. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2023 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ @ArcticChar: Thank you, that explains it. $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    Nov 21, 2023 at 17:43

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Since you're not giving an example, I can only assume that the following information is relevant:

Which questions can be protected? Any question at least a day old can be protected and unprotected by users that have the privilege, provided the question has received at least one answer from a user with less than 10 reputation. Diamond Moderators can protect and unprotect a question at any time.

Some questions may be protected automatically by our system in specific situations, often due to having many deleted or negatively-scoring answers in a short period of time.

(Taken from https://math.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/protect-questions)

So that in effect, you're simply looking at "too new of questions". I can confirm that the option to protect appears in the moderator menu, so the feature as a whole, has not been removed from the network.

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  • $\begingroup$ Right, this was it: "[...] provided the question has received at least one answer from a user with less than 10 reputation". $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    Nov 21, 2023 at 17:43

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