I'm not asking specifically about this question:
How do they film “flying human” scenes?

but just generally... (especially since I don't have a better answer than the one posted).

This question only has one answer, which has been accepted, and has very few comments.

But, it has been protected:

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

So, "protection" doesn't seem to fit well with this question.

2 Answers 2


On the specific question, no I don't know why. As you can see in @AnkitSharma's answer, one answer was converted to a comment by me, but it was not protected at that time. 2 days later the comment was deleted and the question protected.

On the general point. IMHO there is probably no good reason to protect a question like this. Its more typical to react to a question that has attracted 2-3 poor answers from low rep (usually unregistered) users.

However being proactive can sometimes be helpful. Sometimes you can 'just tell' when a question is likely to attract multiple poor answers - for example its a very hot topic, the question is getting a lot of views quickly, its a question that might be somewhat controversial and/or has already got one poor answer. For example TylerShads protected a Game of Thrones Question about this Sunday's episode, that already has 13k views and one poor answer.

An example of a more reactive stance is this question about Top Gear which is a year old but has 10k views and has a result has attracted 3 very poor (now deleted) answers - that are basically 'forum-like' comments. I protected this yesterday, as its clearly got a history and with the general popularity of Top Gear is likely to continue to attract answers like this, and eventually be protected by Community anyway.

I would stress however that moderation is a judgement call - mistakes are made. High rep users here can unprotect if they think its unnecessary, or if the time in which it might have been necessary has passed. Ping a mod in chat if you are unsure, or don't have the unprotect powers yourself. I personally have a 'lighter touch' than TylerShads - but put another way that means I'm being less proactive about protection.


The same question have one deleted answer, i think your reputation is low so you can't see it. Refer screen-shot below.

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That might be the reason for being it protected. I have unprotected it for now.

  • Well, 1 comment-non-answer alone still seems not enough to warrant a protection of the question. Usually it takes like 3 or so non-answers from 1-rep users on a question with already many answers (and the possibility to generate further non-answers) to take someone to protecting it. So I can't help but agree with Kevin that protection doesn't seem like a good fit for this question. Otherwise we could just protect anything where a non-answer ever appears, but this would close out new users from answering like half of the questions around here.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:43
  • @NapoleonWilson i am agree with you but as kevin said, he can only see one accepted answer, so just shared deleted answer with him. Anyways i have just unprotected it because i think there could be more good answer to it.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:18
  • I didn't know one can that easily unprotect questions.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:30
  • @NapoleonWilson i though i can't over-right Mod's protect power but it got worked.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:40

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