This question was asked on July 1:
Today, a new user with 1 reputation attempted to provide an answer to that question and apparently was blocked from doing so with the following reason:
"Highly active question. Earn 10 reputation in order to answer this question. The reputation requirement helps protect this question from spam and non-answer activity."
The new user then, with no other options to contribute, created and answered a new question:
The original question remained unanswered and because of "comment everywhere" reputation requirements, the new user is unable to comment or link to the answer they just posted:
Don't we have reviews just for this reason: to protect against spam and non-answer activity?
What makes this a "highly active question"? My guess is that some algorithm has deemed it as such. But it does not look like anything I'd consider a highly active question in my opinion: no interactions in 24 days and no answers.
Do we have any control over this spam block? Is it really helpful to the site if it's redundant and the real-world result is that new users can't answer, questions go unanswered, and duplicates are spawned?