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What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

This question has a net upvote of 210 and has been favourited 71 times. It contains the tags logo and turtle. Yet if I look at the highest voted logo questions, it's not shown. Why not? I thought it might be because it's closed, but several questions that are listed at the highest-voted list are closed as well, so that's not it.

Is this some bug?

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marked as duplicate by Shadow Wizard, random Nov 16 '12 at 22:15

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

In such cases, always check the revisions list. :) – Shadow Wizard Nov 16 '12 at 22:11
@Pop I didn't know that kind of lock hide questions from the lists, so clicking the revisions list I saw "Historical significance" searched on Meta and shortly reached the faq. – Shadow Wizard Nov 16 '12 at 22:14
Well, since I didn't know the concept of historical lock it's not obviously a dupicate to me. But see this question. – gerrit Nov 16 '12 at 22:17
@gerrit "exact duplicate" isn't taken very literally on MSO. Any question that can be answered by an existing [faq] question -- or, to a lesser degree, any existing question -- is a target for being a "dupe" here. – Pops Nov 16 '12 at 22:21
@Pop it helped me find a short name for the lock, something to use when searching Meta. For me it was useful, not everyone knows everything. Maybe extra step but it does have benefit on most cases, for example when the question is just locked there won't always be a notice about it while the revisions list will show it clearly. – Shadow Wizard Nov 16 '12 at 22:23
@ShaWizDowArd on the one hand, I think I have a valid point and I'm just not communicating it clearly or you're missing it. On the other hand, I think both of us probably have better things to do than argue with a stranger on the Internet about something this trivial. So, I move that we both move on. – Pops Nov 16 '12 at 22:30
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Historically locked question are not shown in the questions lists.

Originally, the top questions list was full of bike-shed questions that would be instantly closed if asked today. And these were allegedly setting a "bad example" to new users. So they were all locked and knocked off the lists.

But historically locked questions do appear in the searches.

That logo question is at the top here.

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