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Locking a post has very severe consequences for a post, you cannot

  • Upvote or downvote on it
  • Edit it
  • Vote to close or reopen it
  • Comment on it
  • Add new answers to it

Because of these severe consequences I usually avoid locking altogether and try to deal with the problem in other ways. Locking just has far too severe side-effects for my taste, I don't want to prevent anyone from voting or answering just because there is an edit-war on the post.

We now also have some locking reasons, ignoring the historical significance reason as it isn't relevant here, they are the following:

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.

Those locking reasons shouldn't only be a text attached to the lock, but they should also change the behaviour of the locks:

  • A lock for off-topic comments should only prevent new comments
  • A lock due to an edit war should only prevent edits to the post

This would make using those locks less disruptive, and more useful to moderators.

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Good suggestion! +1 – Alenanno Mar 6 '12 at 12:47
In the case of content dispute, I imagine users would start commenting, when they notice they cannot edit the post. In the case of off-topic comments, it's rare users start editing the post to add what they would add as comment. In the first case, I think that the lock on both comments and the post makes sense. – kiamlaluno Mar 6 '12 at 15:03
@kiamlaluno But you would e.g. want to still vote for those posts, which you can't while they are locked. – Mad Scientist Mar 6 '12 at 18:12
If there is an edit war, I would rather prefer users cannot vote on that post too, to avoid a down-vote revenge. – kiamlaluno Mar 6 '12 at 18:30

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