I have recently earned the "Protect Questions" privilege. Go me!

However I cannot find out how to actually protect a question! Not that I want to at the moment, but I might do in the future! I see that only questions older than one day can be protected- So I opened a question from a few days back and expected to see a new option next to Share, Close, Edit etc. but I could see no difference.

I did a search for "Protect Questions" but it didn't come back with how to do it, only what it means...

Does anyone know how?

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    This question should show you the protect link at 3,500+ rep. Many other questions won't. See my answer below for more details. – Todd A. Jacobs Apr 5 '16 at 19:00
  • It did, thanks. – Marv Mills Apr 5 '16 at 19:31

Recent Changes Have Rendered the Documentation Incomplete

There should be a textual protect link next to the flag link at the bottom of each question, right under the question tags. However, I just noticed that the link doesn't appear for me on every question, despite the fact that the protection privilege page currently says:

Which questions can be protected?

Any question at least a day old can be protected and unprotected by users that have the privilege.

An answer from a few weeks ago over on SE Meta that indicates that there is a system-wide undocumented change:

15k users will still be able to protect but in order to do so the question must have at least one answer by a new user aka a user with < 10 rep on the site (which is the required rep limit to answer protected questions).

This is probably why many questions don't currently display the protect link: because they haven't attracted any low-rep answers, and therefore shouldn't require protection. You might want to upvote this related question on SE Meta, or otherwise chime in there to indicate that this is clearly a bug in the current Stack Exchange documentation.

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    Done. Thanks!!! – Marv Mills Apr 5 '16 at 19:36

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