I put my answer as a comment here because there was no answer box, and the question was not even protected.

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Here is a screen shot of the bottom of the question, showing no answer box.

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Here is a screen show of the top of the question, showing it is not protected.

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I see no banner saying 'protected'. The word 'protected' doesn't appear anywhere on the page.

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Here is another screen shot between the questions and the comments.

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  • Interesting -- I see the protection notice, but if I view the question while logged out I don't. You're logged in and do not see the notice? Jan 31, 2019 at 21:35
  • @MonicaCellio Correct.
    – Chloe
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:36

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The question has in fact been protected; this happened around about 07:00 UTC on 2019-01-31.

There is a network-wide bug which means that the protection status is not shown if (and only if) you do not have enough reputation (on the specific site) to answer the question. (Credit to Monica Cellio for finding that bug report). As you do not have 10 reputation on The Workplace, you cannot answer the question so you are being hit by the bug.

The bug was fixed around 23:00 UTC on 2019-01-31.

  • I see no banner saying protected. 'Protected' doesn't even appear on the page. i.stack.imgur.com/Bm1ZI.png
    – Chloe
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:28
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    @Chloe I see the banner-- it's there, between the question and comments on it.
    – Upper_Case
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:29
  • Well, it is protected. I see it, everybody else sees it and the timeline shows it. Do you have an ad blocker or something which is hiding the banner? Jan 31, 2019 at 21:30
  • I do not have an ad blocker. So it is a bug in the display? I added another screen shot showing between the question and the comments.
    – Chloe
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:31
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    @MonicaCellio Ah good find. TL;DR: the bug manifests only if you don't have enough rep to answer the question, if you do then it's all fine. Jan 31, 2019 at 22:19
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    Thanks. It's working now. protected by Snow♦ 18 hours ago
    – Chloe
    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:58

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