16 votes

I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you?

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, ...
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11 votes

What's up with locking new questions?

This is part of an effort to elicit genuine answers, meaning ones posted using the answer box where they belong. It seeks to address a particularly pernicious variant of the age-old Fastest Gun in ...
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9 votes

What's up with locking new questions?

On another site I have seen a moderator's template comment along the lines of "Comments that attempt to answer the question have been deleted. To answer the question, please use the Answer Box&...
9 votes
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

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 ...
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8 votes

I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you?

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 ...
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7 votes

Why is my question locked?

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 ...
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6 votes
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Why my question has been locked on comments if it has 1 comment and 1 answer only?

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 “...
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6 votes

Unlock "Why use singular they?" then reopen

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 ...
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6 votes

Why is my question locked?

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 ...
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6 votes
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How to leave a comment to Locked Post? OR: please unlock this question

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 ...
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5 votes

Is the "content dispute" notice adequate?

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 ...
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4 votes

Why are so many questions suddenly being locked?

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 ...
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4 votes

About controversial questions

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 ...
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4 votes

The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

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 ...
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3 votes

I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you?

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 ...
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3 votes

Should moderators lock posts without giving a reasoning for it?

The reason is always given in the lock message. In your case, it's so that people actually bother to answer you instead of just commenting you, which breaks our system here. The way you asked your ...
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2 votes

Why are so many questions suddenly being locked?

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-...
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Why was "What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated?" locked?

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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Why was "What is the difference between '[I] may [be] …' and 'even though … '?" locked?

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 ...
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