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My thoughts on this... I had never crossed with a Historical Lock post before, so I firstly tried to understand what it is and what it means. I found this reference on meta. The relevant parts of it, IMHO: What is the purpose of a historical lock? A historical lock preserves content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now off-topic ...


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I asked a question about how to request a historical lock for old but seemingly popular questions that don't meet current site standards for preliminary research (or some other criterion) here: How can users nominate old, popular questions for exemption from closure as being of 'historical value'? Since I stated explicitly there that my preference ...


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Just my thoughts... I'm a big fan of Dan Bron's answer — it's one of a kind, and I've never seen anything like it, and in fact, I think that's the major reason people were interested in the question and how it became a viral hit; a bigger hit than it would have been if it were to hit the HNQ without his answer. I've voted up the answer and the ...


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When a question is "locked" it means that it cannot be unlocked by normal voting procedures and new answers cannot be posted. In this case, the community is also prevented from voting on the locked question but not on its answers (so it's really punishing the OP). Users are also prevented from editing the post itself. Only diamond moderators can lock or ...


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Sorry this is such a long answer, but I think I can help by clearing up some misconceptions about what happened and what the English Stack Exchange is for. Why was the question locked, and can it be unlocked? It was locked after it was defaced twice. Questions should not be defaced. Defacing means modifying so that the original question is gone. The ...


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The question on meta doesn't need to be unlocked; you can simply leave your comment on the original question on the main site (which is unlocked). Update: The question on main has been deleted by its owner, but it looks like you were able to leave that comment before that happened. When a post is locked due to a rejected migration, the revision history is ...


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Your question is whether the following message is adequate: This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info visit meta. No, it isn't adequate - at least, not yet. The natural sense of the message is that the link would bring the reader to some information about the dispute. Instead, it simply brings the reader ...


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Thanks for asking. I was the one who locked out comments on that question. You can see this by clicking on the little clock icon beneath where scores are shown, here just to the left of your opening “There's this old question” paragraph: That gives you the public timeline for that post, which is currently: The ELU mod team delete what are frankly ...


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I don't understand why a post that was upvoted and received five answers could be deleted for any reason. The premise for deleting posts as explained on Meta, emphasis mine Abandoned, unanswered questions can be a nuisance for readers when they appear in search results. While every question deserves a chance to be answered, at some point the annoyance ...


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There are no metrics. There is only the decision of individual moderators. If this were something an algorithm could do without human judgement in the loop, it would. But it is not. The aim is to encourage actual answers to questions asked. We are a question and answer site, not a question and comment site. Comment abuse breaks the SE model. Just as soon as ...


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As you pointed out, there is already a similar site policy for dealing with controversial questions: historical lock. I don't think we need another mechanism, especially not an automatic one (I can't tell if that's what you're proposing). As the question you linked to indicates, Questions can be historically locked when: The post is Off-Topic or ...


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For what it's worth, here's my opinion, partially copied from some comments I left earlier. Delete: To me, it seems that there wouldn't be any damage done if we deleted it. I don't think having it on this site is helpful. (Yes; it has many upvotes. Even so, upvotes do not measure quality, and it had a head start on most of the other questions.) The ...


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I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you? Not until I saw this hot meta post, no. Though I'm glad attention has been brought back to it, I've now re-read it and found a lot of DanBron's later research that I previously missed. Is this [the locking as historic] a surprise for anyone? It's not particularly surprising, no. I think the ...


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I locked it because users had already begun to offer their suggestions in comments. This causes a lot of cleanup burden that we have no other way to avoid.


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First and foremost: This is not a discussion site, by charter. In the past, the common failing of other sites for hackers was that good suggestions were often hidden in the flow of comments from well-intentioned contributors. This is a Question/Answer site, created with the idea of providing real and workable answers--not just suggestions buried like tiny ...


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Comment locks are not permanent. Locks are generally for a short duration intended to encourage people to use the answer box for answers, cool tempers, or redirect discussions to chat. They may be made permanent if the question continues to attract answers-in-comments or extended discussions. A permanent lock can be appealed by posting a request on Meta. ...


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