Lately, we've had a number of questions show up at the top of the "hot questions" list:

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When this happens, things tend to get messy. Because of that, I often protect questions that are turning into hot ones. This has worked well in the past; the aforelinked question was protected while it appeared in the menu, and the extraneous content was limited.

To that end, I protected the question "Keeping your throat comfortable after hours of lecturing". In case you were wondering why, that's why.

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    A note: high-rep users can also protect questions… and I strongly agree with you that protecting "hot" questions is a good idea in general
    – F'x
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 13:55
  • Thanks, it's definitely a good approach.
    – user102
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 14:02
  • Weird - I thought that was a terrible question for this site. Lots of jobs involve long periods of talking. Yet people love the question. (of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good fit for the site.)
    – 410 gone
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 4:04
  • @EnergyNumbers - Funny, I thought it was just fine. You can open another meta question if you wish to discuss it. Even better, this question which was just posted an hour ago is basically on the same topic; feel free to chime in.
    – eykanal
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 12:09
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    I didn't get "why"...
    – Scientist
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 13:37

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You might find this meta.stackexchange post interesting.

As someone who is on a site which also gets a lot of questions up there (some of which are of varying quality...) I absolutely err on the side of protecting them as protection against spammy types of answers.

Just a note - high rep users can only protect questions after a few days have passed. Moderators can protect immediately.

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