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It seems that comments are allowed even on closed questions. Just wondering, is this is an oversight or is there any logic behind it?

I mean, closed means closed, doesn't it?

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Closed just means that you cannot add answers. It means that it is likely that the question does not belong.

But it doesn't guarantee that the question doesn't belong. For example, a poorly written question might be closed, only to be reopened after it is revised into a better state. Comments are allowed so that the author may be guided towards the steps that will improve the question to be reopened.

There is a separate question state, called "locked", which can only be applied by moderators. This prevents comments, as well as revisions and voting.

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Thank you for your answer. It makes sense now – Dmitri Mar 14 '11 at 13:18
Well, that's what I call great answer.. well said! :-) – Shadow Wizard Mar 14 '11 at 15:24

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