With only 25 additional reputation needed, I expect that I will soon gain the ability to protect questions. I'm wondering what best practices are for this particular stack exchange in this regard.
It seems to me on the one hand, that this particular topic seems to and is likely to draw particularly crummy answers which seem to be associated with new and anonymous users and my inclination is therefore to protect any question which is eligible.
On the other hand, I also don't want to discourage new users, but expect that there will be enough unprotected questions available for them to gain the pittance of a mere 10 reputation needed to comment - not to mention there is always the association bonus.
What are other's thoughts on this? What should be the best practice in wielding this ability?