The answer to What is a "locked" post? mentions:

A question where repeated voting or editing is happening in a way which 
games or hacks the system.

Is it possible for someone to hack a question or an answer?

If not what are the other reasons to lock a post?

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    That particular part of the answer was posted over three years ago so the SE codebase was possibly a little less..."refined" or something back then. In regard to editing/gaming it could be editing a question to bump it back to the front page, getting more views (and possibly votes). There was also one in regards to bounties and editing but I don't remember the details.
    – tombull89
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 13:27

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I might be wrong, but in that context I suspect it is referring to general abusive behaviour, rather than hack=tricking software. As in: mainly the "gaming". Keep in mind that the use of the word "hack" here was not by the SO team, and should not be interpreted as a security issue. The current "locked" messages are more along the lines of one of the following:

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