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I remember seeing that some questions are blocked (not sure about the exact wording). Meaning they are not closed but you can't add additional answers.

When does this happens ? Is it discussed here on meta, or is it left to moderators appreciation ?

I'm wondering about that because of this question for which I understand people wanting to close it. But it would be a shame that it gets deleted since it's something any programmer (and other people working with computers) comes up with someday.

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see here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22228/what-is-a-locked-post –  malach Sep 3 '10 at 7:21
    
WOW, what a crappy question that was that you linked to, I can't wait until it reopens so that I can close it. –  Lance Roberts Sep 3 '10 at 7:24
    
You might also look at 'Protected' status, which this question may end up at also. Remember close doesn't mean deleted (though it's then eligible for deletion). –  Lance Roberts Sep 3 '10 at 7:27
    
@Lance Cases where the question shouldn't be reopened was the point of this question. Ok, I thought all closed questions get deleted at some stage. –  DrDro Sep 3 '10 at 10:00
    
No. Deletion is a separate function, and some classes are not intended to be closed. In particular, duplicate whose titles have markedly different words are to be kept because they can be found with a different search, and Joel has instituted a rule that requires very popular (many votes on questions and answers) posts to get a lot of votes before they are closed which appears intended to prevent that from happening. –  dmckee Sep 3 '10 at 12:42

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