A post can be locked.
- What does it mean to lock a post?
- Who can lock a post?
- When should a post be locked?
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What does it mean to lock a post?
A question or answer which is locked can no longer accept:
In the case of locked questions, the (unlocked) answers are not bounded to these restrictions.
Locked posts can later be unlocked by moderators, or can be configured to be locked temporarily. Common temporary locking periods are 1 hour, 24 hours, or 1 week.
Who can lock a post?
Only diamond moderators can lock or unlock posts.
When should a post be locked?
Posts should generally only be locked in cases where something seriously bad is happening. In particular, where the ongoing updates and edits are actively detrimental to the system.
Some examples of when a post might be locked include:
Another type of locked post is a merged question. When a moderator merges two questions that are exact duplicates, all the answers are moved to one question and the other question is left as a "stub," with no answers. The stub question is locked.
What if I disagree with the lock applied to a post?
If you have a justifiable reason that a post should be unlocked, you should flag it for moderator attention using the "flag" link underneath the post. Select the "other" flag reason, and provide a detailed explanation of your rationale in the textbox provided.
A moderator will review your flag, and if they agree with your arguments, unlock the post.
Note that the above does not apply to posts that are locked due to historical significance, in which there is no option to flag.