These two questions:

The second question was closed as off topic, which means is not supposed to be asked on Super User – at the same time the first question was protected by community.

You can see my flag for the closed question; because of that flag @Sathya closed it as off topic.

But then you didn't get my point and closed the question as a duplicate of the first one while first it was closed as off topic by @Sathya.

I strongly believe that the first question is ultimately about working on the phone by connecting it to the internet. Why isn't it off topic?

@lvo Flipse closed the question by saying it's duplicate, but I request you to please take back your decision to previous state of that question and look at them having the above points in mind.

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    Oh, you mean we should have closed your question as a duplicate? Done!
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 16, 2012 at 9:21
  • I tried to clean up your question, but it's really hard to follow your train of thought. Please try to be more structural in your argumentations – we can't magically guess what happened and what you really want.
    – slhck
    May 16, 2012 at 12:32
  • Questions are auto-protected once three answers get deleted to prevent useless answers. That's all protection does. Being a protected question is not usually a badge of honor.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    May 17, 2012 at 14:28

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It was closed as Not a Real Question, not offtopic. There's no mention of what OS is being used the phone details & other things Paul had asked.

There was a flag:

He wants to connect his mobile to net, so I think its off the topic to discuss here when it comes to sharing it appears that he didn't put enough effort, cause if its not about connecting to phone the questions will be more clear asking to share two computers with cables or by making it hotspot...I think its qualified to close....please review it carefully....

While the FAQ makes it clear:

and it is not about …

  • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer

Read: Question is on-topic but is a a poor question.

Did you read my comment?

edit your question & mention what phone you have & how do you want to share (wireless/wired).

Till those details are entered there's no way to answer it & hence closed as NARQ


was closed by saying its off the topic means which is not supposed to ask on SU

This is not true. The question was closed as not a real question by @Sathya because it was very vague to begin with. It doesn't even mention what kind of phone is involved. It is not off topic since it deals with interfacing a phone and a computer. That is usually fine, but the question itself is really vague. That's all.

By pointing us to the other (very popular) question, you essentially pointed out that it could be a duplicate of that, because they cover the same grounds. That's why @Ivo Flipse closed it as such.

at the same time the first question was protected by community

Do note though that the older question at least mentioned which phone was involved, so there was something to work with. Given that the problem stated in this question probably affects many people, it became popular, received 8 upvotes and over 30,000 views in the year after it was asked.

When a question receives 30,000 views, there's a good chance some garbage answers accumulate, which need to be deleted. Once a few non-answers have been deleted, a question can be automatically protected which basically just protects it from being spammed.

A question being protected does not say anything about its value. It only means that it's a potential magnet for non-answers as you can see.

TL,DR: Listen to @Sathya, and if the OP wants that question reopened, there needs to be a little more detail and what has already been tried.

The question is not off topic though.

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