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Questions featured at Ars Technica

Per my understanding, for a while there was a sort of informal agreement to protect questions that are going to be featured at Ars Technica. Recently this approach has been challenged, so I would like to have a dedicated meta discussion to sort this out.

Does it make sense to protect such questions as soon as we learn about coming exposure at Ars Technica or it is better to stick with approach designed in 2010 for Stack Overflow and Super User - that is, protect when there is "a lot of drive-by noise answers"?

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Those interested in more details about questions we discuss can find links to them in this feed or in edits history of SE community evangelist.


For your convenience, some details of involved questions are provided below.

In below list, dates refer to when question was bumped by edits preparing it for wider exposure, or exposure date when there were no such edits. Total answers include deleted ones. Low score denote answers scored less that 1/10 of top voted one. Downvoted answers are those having 2 or more downvotes (assuming that single downvote may be random).

Jul 12 '13
answers: 10 total, 1 deleted, 4 low score, 1 downvoted
4K views, no protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Jul 19 '13
answers: 22 total, 17 low score, 1 downvoted, 2 deleted
60K views, May 10 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Jul 27 '13
answers: 16 total, 11 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
4K views, no protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Aug 2 '13
answers: 11 total, 5 low score, 3 downvoted, no deleted
3K views, Feb 13 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Aug 9 '13
answers: 13 total, 10 low score, 3 downvoted, no deleted
21K views, dupe-closed May 3 '13, no answers posted after exposure bump

Aug 16 '13
answers: 6 total, 3 low score, 1 downvoted, 1 deleted
5K views, no protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Aug 23 '13
answers: 10 total, 9 low score, 6 downvoted, 4 deleted
8K views, Jun 24 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Aug 30 '13
answers: 17 total, 6 low score, 1 downvoted, no deleted
19K views, May 16 '13 protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Sep 6 '13
answers: 14 total, 10 low score, 3 downvoted, 1 deleted
7K views, Jul 3 '13 protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Sep 14 '13
answers: 11 total, 7 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
5K views, no protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Sep 20 '13
answers: 20 total, 14 low score, 5 downvoted, 2 deleted
6K views, dupe-closed May 15 '13, no answers posted after exposure bump

Sep 27 '13
answers: 7 total, 4 low score, 1 downvoted, 2 deleted
3K views, no protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Oct 4 '13
answers: 11 total, 8 low score, 2 downvoted, no deleted
2K views, Sep 19 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Oct 11 '13
answers: 26 total, 22 low score, 7 downvoted, no deleted
6K views, closed Oct 14 '13, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Oct 18 '13
answers: 9 total, 5 low score, 1 downvoted, 2 deleted
2K views, Aug 5 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Oct 25 '13
answers: 8 total, 3 low score, 1 downvoted, 1 deleted
3K views, Oct 28 '13 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Nov 1 '13
answers: 6 total, 1 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
9K views, no protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Nov 9 '13 (migrated to Workplace - can't see deleted answers)
answers: 9 or more total, 5 or more low score, 3 or more downvoted, 0 or more deleted
17K views, Nov 10 '13 protection, 2 or more answers posted after exposure bump

Nov 15 '13
answers: 7 total, 3 low score, 1 downvoted, no deleted
2K views, Aug 6 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Nov 22 '13
answers: 7 total, 5 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
2K views, dupe-closed Sep 23 '13, no answers posted after exposure bump

Nov 29 '13
answers: 15 total, 9 low score, 1 downvoted, 1 deleted
4K views, closed Nov 20 '13, no answers posted after exposure bump

Dec 15 '13
answers: 10 total, 6 low score, 2 downvoted, no deleted
3K views, Dec 9 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Dec 13 '13
answers: 7 total, 7 low score, 2 downvoted, no deleted
2K views, Dec 14 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Dec 20 '13
answers: 16 total, 9 low score, 5 downvoted, 2 deleted
6K views, Dec 20 '13 protection, 5 answers posted after exposure bump

Dec 27 '13
answers: 7 total, 3 low score, 2 downvoted, 1 deleted
4K views, Dec 28 '13 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Jan 3 '14
answers: 8 total, no low score, no downvoted, no deleted
12K views, Jul 28 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Jan 11 '14
answers: 11 total, 7 low score, 4 downvoted, 4 deleted
10K views, Jan 11 '14 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Jan 17 '14
answers: 11 total, 7 low score, 3 downvoted, 2 deleted
7K views, Jun 11 '13 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Jan 25 '14
answers: 7 total, 2 low score, 3 downvoted, 1 deleted
7K views, Jan 25 '14 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Jan 31 '14
answers: 14 total, 12 low score, 1 downvoted, 1 deleted
5K views, Jan 31 '14 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Feb 7 '14
answers: 6 total, 1 low score, no downvoted, 1 deleted
4K views, Feb 7'14 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Feb 15 '14
answers: 31 total, 21 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
14K views, Feb 15 '14 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Feb 23 '14
answers: 16 total, 11 low score, no downvoted, no deleted
5K views, closed Feb 24 '14, no answers posted after exposure bump

Feb 28 '14
answers: 12 total, 7 low score, no downvoted, 1 deleted
4K views, Feb 28 '14 protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Mar 7 '14
answers: 7 total, 3 low score, 1 downvoted, 1 deleted
3K views, Mar 7 '14 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Mar 14 '14
answers: 23 total, 14 low score, 5 downvoted, 6 deleted
13K views, Aug 12 '12 protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Mar 21 '14
answers: 14 total, 8 low score, 1 downvoted, no deleted
2K views, Oct 10 '13 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

Mar 28 '14
answers: 24 total, 19 low score, 4 downvoted, 1 deleted
14K views, Mar 28 '14 protection, 2 answers posted after exposure bump

Apr 4 '14
answers: 15 total, 10 low score, 5 downvoted, 2 deleted
7K views, Mar 11 '13 protection, no answers posted after exposure bump

Apr 11 '14
answers: 15 total, 11 low score, 4 downvoted, no deleted
12K views, Apr 12 '14 protection, 1 answer posted after exposure bump

PS looking at amounts of low score answers in above list make me feel that questions picked for Ars Technica are typically already eligible for protection: "a lot of drive-by noise answers".