Posts that get deleted because of spam or offensive flags are automatically deleted and locked by Community.

I guess this is a holdover from the old days when users were able to easily undelete their own posts, but now that you can no longer undelete any post deleted by a moderator, I think the automatic lock is no longer necessary.

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    Although it might not be necessary, what would be gained by not locking it? – Jeff Mercado Oct 15 '11 at 19:25

Yeah, strictly-speaking it's not necessary anymore.

It does send a rather clear message though, eh? I mean, you can't even edit the post. Mod-deletion at least gives you the option of improving, flagging, and seeing it undeleted, but community flag-deletion salts the earth.

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