To set the scene:
In the recent Great Question Deletion Audit of 2012, this answer of mine — explaining why it's not in SO's interest to delete The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List question —, despite only referring to a single item on that list, became the top-voted answer. As some helpful commenter found out, there's hundreds of links to this question on SE alone, and thousands of links out on the net.
What I've been doing:
Seeing the reason in some of the critique on that question (like most of the answers not making much sense), I went through the answers over the weekend, trying to find duplicated and low-quality answers, commenting on almost all the low-scored questions plus a few higher ones, downvoting bad ones to encourage the answerers to delete them, and also lobbied for help in the C++ chat room in order to get them under the score threshold that allows us to delete them anyway. I also flagged three or four answers which were plain dupes.
What came out of it:
Now a mod went through those flags, and validated them all (thanks for doing the work!). However, he did not delete any of the flagged answers. What's worse, he locked the question. Now those I have commented on cannot reply to my comment. The C++ community cannot vote on the answers anymore, cannot delete duplicated answers ourselves, and cannot even edit the question.
What this means:
This is of course nonsense, since this list needs to be updated once in a while. Especially with the new C++ standard being published last year, and publications only slowly catching up, it's vital for this question to be editable. (In fact, Jerry just added a link regarding this only five days ago.)
What I want:
Could some mod please again unlock this question?