A few weeks ago we introduced "lock reasons"


We have three valid reasons to lock a post:


Moderators may lock a post permanently or temporarily.

Locks are atomic: as soon as a post is locked, it automatically becomes a relic-in-time that will never be updated or voted on. It is stronger than a close, since the community cannot unlock.

As it stands we have upwards of 240 "historical locks": https://stackoverflow.com/annotated-posts?tab=locked&filter=other where moderators locked the post in the past, prior to the notice feature.

We would like to ensure that all locked posts now have a valid reason for the lock or are unlocked/deleted/opened.

Can you help us clean up the list?

  • Moderators: can you unlock/delete/relock with notice as you see fit?
  • Community: can you flag any of the reasonless locked posts with your suggested action?
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    Don't know how difficult this is to implement, but if someone selects the "Historical Significance" option, the duration should automatically default to "permanent." "Content Dispute" should default to 1 day.
    – user102937
    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:32
  • I can special case it I guess
    – waffles
    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:03
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    I was about to make a comment that it's Fall now, before I realized you're from upside down country... Oct 5, 2011 at 5:34
  • And btw, if the "Historical reasons" is selected, could you make it such that it automatically locks all the answers too? Right now locking a question doesn't affect the answer... Oct 5, 2011 at 5:36
  • I cleaned up all of the questions, maybe someone else can do the answers after you put in your verbiage change.
    – user102937
    Oct 5, 2011 at 6:14

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I've checked donzens but only flagged one :(

Should too-many-edited posts be unlocked? Just asking because we ran the risk of them being massively edited again...

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    The locking for excessive editing is for a "cool-off" period, and is supposed to be temporary.
    – user102937
    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:55

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