# Historical notice locked posts should look different

Posts with a historical lock notice look almost like ordinary posts. All that distinguishes them is:

• The absence of voting arrows, a minor detail, especially to people who are not habitual Stack Exchange users.
• The absence of the edit or improve this question link.
• A discrete notice under the question that indicates that “it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site”. This notice often blends in with the protection and closure notice. It's well-known that users don't read, and we're not even making it easy for them to find this important piece of information.

Historically noticed posts should be indicated far more prominently.

• Put the lock notice at the top. That way, it won't blend in with the other notices, and it won't be lost below a potentially long question text.
• Use the deleted question style.

This is in effect what had been proposed by Jeremy Banks in Add the alternative of "delisting" questions; deletion is usually harmful overkill) and Pekka in Show embattled deleted questions to the public as if they were 10k+ users. As things stand now, the historically noticed posts are pretty much displayed as ordinary posts; we might as well not bother.

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Hmmm, if this gets done I'd say use a different colour (say green) as the background - to reflect the fact they are not deleted, but archived. –  user142852 Mar 6 '12 at 11:25
A faded parchment background would be cool... in particular with the historical context ;) –  Oded Mar 6 '12 at 11:56
–  Won't Mar 6 '12 at 13:31
@Won't - Genius! Great minds and all that :) –  Oded Mar 6 '12 at 13:38
We have plans for this...but the current state certainly isn't a bug. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 15:33
@Gilles - you can disagree with the design, sure, but that's still not a bug. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 15:47
@NickCraver Sure, the implementation conforms to the technical specification. The problem is that the technical specification does not conform to the concrete requirements. –  Gilles Mar 6 '12 at 15:50
@Gilles - Who's requirements? Yours? That's a feature request, literally, by definition. We have larger plans for archiving questions, and won't waste time here on an interim solution...it would be totally wasted effort. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 15:53
@NickCraver Ok, this requirement wasn't spelled out in the blog post. But the lock notice reads “… it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site …”; I took it as a requirement that this lock notice should be visible to people with no SE experience. –  Gilles Mar 6 '12 at 21:44