Is the SE team hard at work tweaking the UI for locked questions, or is the web proxy at my job randomly blocking stuff?

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  • If the former, then it would make sense, I think. Sort of like locking the voting as well.
    – Someone
    Mar 5, 2012 at 21:54
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    Did you think there would be a ruckus for four straight days and SE wouldn't make any changes?
    – mmyers
    Mar 5, 2012 at 21:55
  • Makes perfect sense. The best solution to this content has always been to make it look distinct and different -- you're not in regular Stack Overflow anymore. Mar 5, 2012 at 21:55
  • They have indeed gone, voting on historical stuff makes no sense. feature-request: Can the team please place a historical unicorn statue in its place? ;) Mar 5, 2012 at 21:56
  • Wait for it....
    – casperOne
    Mar 5, 2012 at 21:56
  • @Tom - indeed. I hope they go even further... Mar 5, 2012 at 21:57
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    If that's an attempt to make historical questions look different, it will only work for veteran users. New users don't know what active questions and answers are "supposed" to look like.
    – user102937
    Mar 5, 2012 at 21:58
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    @Robert - I'm sure it's just a start. I'd say move the historical banner text up above the question title, emphasize it, fade the colors slightly, and so on Mar 5, 2012 at 22:00
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2 Answers 2


This is something we're experimenting with for truly "historical" questions (that is, questions and answers which no longer benefit from any interaction). They are effectively frozen in time, a record of something that happened and still has some meaning but is no longer a living, breathing part of the site.

More to come...

  • +1 This train of thoughts is good, instead of throwing a warning at us because you gave the link to us you can just hide the link from us. I'm hoping to see this in other places too... :) Mar 5, 2012 at 22:03
  • @Shog9: But the real question is, will these "historical" questions still remove reputation as if they were deleted?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 5, 2012 at 22:47
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    @animuson - I would hope the point of all this is to obviate the need to delete them in the first place. Mar 5, 2012 at 22:53
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    +1 for making an effort to keep historical items around.
    – cdeszaq
    Mar 5, 2012 at 23:32

It's not just you.

Voting is currently disabled completely on closed questions (maybe allowed in some cases), there's a class on voting buttons

.ice-ice-baby .votecell .vote-up-off, .ice-ice-baby .votecell .vote-down-off { display:none }

(.ice-ice-baby means that the question is closed) blocking it

When I tried to "show" it with Chrome inspection tool and tried to vote up, this popup appeared

This post has been locked; locked posts can't be voted on.
  • I think you're mixing some terminology here. The above certainly does not apply to all closed questions, and not even to all locked questions.
    – Arjan
    Mar 5, 2012 at 23:16
  • @Arjan: I think I'm not. Read my answer again and this snippet, too: (maybe allowed in some cases),, which is saying it all.
    – Martin.
    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:23
  • More like: maybe not allowed in some cases? Really, all of the closed questions I've looked at do show the voting icons and allow for voting. Do you have any example that proves otherwise? If not, then read your answer again ;-)
    – Arjan
    Mar 6, 2012 at 17:37
  • @Arjan: this feature has been removed, once again. My answer was valid before 20 hours..
    – Martin.
    Mar 6, 2012 at 18:37
  • Ah, that explains things! (Well, it was valid for one hour and 15 minutes then, until I posted my comment...)
    – Arjan
    Mar 6, 2012 at 18:39

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