The most famous covfefe question, with nearly half a million views, has also been locked. Though I have no qualms about its being locked, I wonder why in this case, unlike the “yellow ax” locked question, voting activity is not compromised and users can still happily cast their votes on the question and the answers.

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    Locks are rare things; they're only given to "epic" questions...
    – NVZ Mod
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:22
  • What exactly is the question here? Is it about how exactly locking works (on this particular question)? Or is it about why this particular question was locked? Or is it a desire to encourage the question to be unlocked?
    – Mitch
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:26
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    There's also another huge difference between this question being locked and the entire yellow ax page being locked.... First, the answers are not locked. Secondly, the OP is a mod, he could, therefore, unlock his question any time (I presume) I wonder if he is aware of that....
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:26
  • One could ask oneself why the same privilege wasn't granted to the yellow ax question...
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:31
  • @Mari-LouA - probably because not all questions were created equal :)
    – user 66974
    Jan 18, 2018 at 19:33

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The type of lock is different in the two cases, as noted in the lock message. The yellow ax question received a "historical significance lock" which does not allow any further activity including voting:

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed. More info: help center.

...while the covfefe question received a "regular" lock that in this case only disables answers and comments-under-the-question while allowing comments under the answers and even allowing users to edit the existing answers, but not the question itself:

This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. For extended discussions, please use chat.

I tried voting and found this lock permits voting on the answers but not on the question.

It seems that for regular locks the moderators can customise the features that get locked and the features that remain open, depending on the reason for locking:

We now also have some locking reasons (...)

Content dispute

This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info visit meta.

Off-topic comments

This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. For extended discussions, please use chat.

Both are common reasons for locking a post, and in both cases the locking is there to prevent only a small subset of what locking actually stops.

Source: Make locking posts more granular

A moderator would be able to supply a more definitive answer to this question.

  • It looks like that limitation of voting activities is unrelated to locking.
    – user 66974
    Jan 17, 2018 at 20:52
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    Historical lock freezes the post but a regular lock only disables answers and comments while even allowing users to edit the existing posts. I tried it out @user159691 and found that I can vote on answers but not on the regularly-locked question in "covfefe". I can absolutely not vote on the historically locked yellow ax Q or any of its answers. So the type of locking determines the limitation on voting. Jan 17, 2018 at 20:56

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