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I came across the following post:

This is effectively a link-only answer and the link is broken now. I usually flag such posts. But strangely enough, there's no flag option. I thought of commenting with Broken link. But that option is also not available.

Is this because it's a community wiki? Why there's no option to flag even if it's one? On a general case, how do we address case provided I can't flag/comment on that. Bringing a meta post every such instance is not really user-friendly. Shouldn't there a better alternative?

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It's historically locked. – Mysticial Mar 7 '13 at 10:21
And with respect to that lock, this answers says it all: "if a question is locked for historical significance, then no option for flagging is currently available." – Bart Mar 7 '13 at 10:22
@Mysticial Shouldn't a broken link be fixed in the history then ;-) ? I guess the point of moderator deleting posts is to remove useless info from the site. That's answer is not useful anymore. – user210447 Mar 7 '13 at 10:29
@KingsIndian I don't have an opinion on this. But a similar case has happened before and casperOne basically said to leave it for dead. – Mysticial Mar 7 '13 at 10:31
@Mysticial That's always an option for anything on SO In guess ;-) – user210447 Mar 7 '13 at 10:45 will do :) – Shadow Wizard Mar 7 '13 at 12:58
up vote 5 down vote accepted

That whole question is locked:

locked by Robert Harvey♦ Oct 5 '11 at 5:45

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed. More info: FAQ.

None of the answers on that page have flag links, anything locked for historical significance cannot be flagged.

Normally you can flag wiki posts just fine (such as this famous example).

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Since the link is broken, it has no significance ;) – user210447 Mar 7 '13 at 10:30
@KingsIndian: perhaps not; but the page itself has historical significance, so it is locked in stasis. – Martijn Pieters Mar 7 '13 at 10:31
@KingsIndian: That particular page was preserved at… – Martijn Pieters Mar 7 '13 at 10:35
I am not questioning the whole page but only that post. But why system is not addressing something that's no longer useful. – user210447 Mar 7 '13 at 10:42
@KingsIndian: The page at some point in time was useful, but SO has decided to no longer maintain such posts. It is frozen forever, no point in fixing links. – Martijn Pieters Mar 7 '13 at 10:50
If it wasn't locked, the whole question would likely be deleted. This is the compromise for handling the situation - keep it the way it was. – Bo Persson Mar 7 '13 at 10:51

As already mentioned by MartijnPieters, the question is locked and thus cannot be touched in any way by non-moderators.

However, since link rot sucks I've edited that answer to point to the Wayback Machine's archived version of the linked page.

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Let's hope never goes away. – Al E. Mar 7 '13 at 13:29
Good that you linked it :) – user210447 Mar 7 '13 at 13:31

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