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I came across a historical locked question with bad tagging, and of course couldn't edit it. I was then going to flag it, but realized that there is no flag link either. I think we need the flag capability on historical locked questions, so that input can be given to the moderators on it if needed.

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That's odd. I see a flag option underneath this locked question: stackoverflow.com/questions/1732348/… , but that may be because I'm a moderator. I do see flag options for locked questions on sites where I'm not, though. What does your interface look like for that question? – Brad Larson Aug 15 '13 at 14:40
@BradLarson, I do see it for that question, here's the one I don't see it for, stackoverflow.com/q/194812/13295. – Lance Roberts Aug 15 '13 at 14:49
Neither do I. This might be something localized to the circumstances of that question. – Brad Larson Aug 15 '13 at 14:50
@BradLarson I tried putting it in all sorts of different states (opened, closed, protected, etc.) and the flag link seems to always disappear on that question as soon as I put the lock back on. – Bill the Lizard Aug 15 '13 at 14:52
It's a historical lock. You can't flag historical locks. That was part of the points of historical locks: there's no way to dispute anything about them. – Gilles Aug 15 '13 at 15:06
The other (non-historical) lock on @Brad's link is a "high amount of off-topic comments" lock. There's also a "locked while disputes are resolved" (deleted example). Historical locks seem to be the only type of lock that disallows flagging. See also Can't flag historically locked questions? – apsillers Aug 15 '13 at 15:10
@apsillers, that is a dupe of a sort, but about a specific instance. This is a feature-request to fix this. I'll edit in the information found about historical locks. – Lance Roberts Aug 15 '13 at 15:14
@LanceRoberts I agree -- I've removed the "duplicate" language in my comment. I assume the no-flag behavior on historically locked questions is to stop users from mindlessly flagging them as off-topic (since it is already known and accepted that they are off-topic). I'd guess the mods found the harm caused by disallowing flagging (i.e., you have to make a request on Meta) is rare a minor enough that it outweighed the extra volume of erroneous flags. There might be some sort of compromise possible here, but I'm not sure. Maybe only allow high-rep users to flag historical questions? – apsillers Aug 15 '13 at 15:19
Yeh, it seems like just allowing 20k+ would suffice (which wouldn't have helped me in this case, but is a reasonable compromise). – Lance Roberts Aug 15 '13 at 15:26
@Gilles: That seems short-sighted to me. The rules that govern what is on-/off-topic at SO have evolved greatly over the years. How can we know now that every historically locked question will never be on-topic again? – John Dibling Aug 15 '13 at 16:20

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