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I've now noticed two closed questions that didn't have a reopen link:

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/174045/is-stack-overflow-killing-itself-by-parental-control

and

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/174845/tired-of-serverfault-moderators

Is this a special kind of lock that moderators are putting on questions, or is it always that way when a mod does the final closing and I've just never noticed until now?

EDIT: The answers and comments cover it. The first is a bug, the second I just missed.

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Mods can apply a "full-post" (question and answers) lock, or a mere "question" lock. There's some backing verbiage here, though can't say I really understand it. –  Michael Petrotta Apr 3 '13 at 2:06
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Needs screenshot. And hand-drawn circles. With dropshadow. You must be new. –  Shog9 Apr 3 '13 at 2:06
    
@MichaelPetrotta, yeh, but it doesn't note anywhere that there is a lock on it. –  Lance Roberts Apr 3 '13 at 2:11
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Here's another example of the "missing" lock notification: stack overflow and asp.net forum?. Almost asked this question until I found this question and @AnnaLear's mention of the bug –  psubsee2003 Apr 16 '13 at 16:59

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I see the reopen link on both of them, but I'm not sure if that's a moderator thing.

The first one is silently locked because it was migrated and closing it rejected the migration. No changes to his "migration stub" are possible. The second one was locked explicitly by Shog and the lock will expire in a day or so.

In other words, this isn't a special lock. It's just a couple different cases of posts that happen to be closed and locked.

In the first case, there's also a bug - we only ever show two banners on a question, so "locked" gets lost because there's already "migrated from" and "closed as". I think a fix for that is in the plans. In the meantime, you can see that the question is locked by checking the revision history. (See Seth's answer for screenshots.)

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It's special I guess in the sense that it's invisible to normal users. I had no idea that the site had invisible locks. –  Lance Roberts Apr 3 '13 at 2:10
    
@LanceRoberts You should be able to see the second one at least - the "locked" banner is right above the "closed as" banner. In the first case, it's a bug - we only ever show two banners on a question, so "locked" gets lost because there's already "migrated from" and "closed as". I think a fix for that is in the plans. –  Anna Lear Apr 3 '13 at 2:11
    
@LanceRoberts Seth beat me to taking screenshots. See his answer. –  Anna Lear Apr 3 '13 at 2:12
    
yep I just missed that one, I'll re-edit the question. –  Lance Roberts Apr 3 '13 at 2:12
    
ok, if you edit in the bug part, I'll accept. –  Lance Roberts Apr 3 '13 at 2:14
    
@LanceRoberts Done. –  Anna Lear Apr 3 '13 at 2:15

Yes. They are locked.

The first one was locked by Shog:

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The other by Community:

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I know there are several types of locks, but I don't know what each does.

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