According to the section on privileges it seems that I should be able to see a list of protected questions, however clicking upon the link leads to this page explaining that I don't have the required 15,000 reputation to see the list of protected questions.
It seems sensible to me to require 15,000 reputation to protect or unprotect a question, however I'm wondering if this is a mistake as to why I cannot see a list of such questions or activity pertaining the process of (un)protection.
If this isn't a mistake, what is the reasoning behind such a high reputation barrier?
In support of transparent lists of what is protected and not protected, I offer the following reasons:
There doesn't seem to be strong reasons for the protected question lists to be hidden from users which can't change these lists, and so the site should be more transparent.
Allowing more users to engage with the list may allow for greater feedback and monitoring of protected questions, such as a user being able to mention it to moderators that perhaps the question's protection status should be revised. This may help the moderators and generally improve engagement on the site by allowing users who wish to engage more to do so, without the harms of allowing these users to (un)protect questions.
It's simply more fun. I just found a "Highly Active Question", and thought "Hmm, I'd like to see more highly active questions (which might have a higher quality of answers, since that's the main intention behind protecting questions)!".
If a user is on the verge of 15,000 reputation, surely it'd be more helpful for when they hit 15,000 reputation, if their capabilities on the site are already stronger, they can think about protection, learn standards better, prepare questions to revise the protection status of for when they become mods.
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Upon clicking the link in the region highlighted one arrives at: