So I recently noticed that locked questions lose all the voting buttons on the question and its answers (which definitely makes sense, condidering you can't vote on locked posts).



I soon realised that this also happens on locked answers:


I was totally getting used to this, but then suddenly out of nowhere came this answer on Super User. See that, it's locked, yet the voting things still appear:


I tried to find an example of a locked question on SU to see whether it was happening on those as well, but couldn't find any... an is:locked search feature perhaps?

But anyway, what's going on here?

Edit: turns out you can do locked:1

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    Locked posts have notices I believe, you could search for hasnotice:1.
    – Mat
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:07
  • @Mat - thanks: found one - looks like it's just SU answers then... Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:08
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    The voting buttons are only supposed to be removed for posts locked as Historical Artifacts - which the SO answer was at one point, but is no longer (that's not a lock reason intended for answers). I suspect this is a bug, trying to confirm...
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:11
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    By the way...
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:35

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That Super User answer was locked at a time before boilerplate messages saying why it was locked were introduced into the system.

As such, it's not one of the regulars and was just a post that never had its lock updated to one of the three now available (historical baggage; content dispute; offtopic comments) to choose from.

The only lock reason to remove the vote buttons is the "historical wincing archives" option.

The answer was locked because there was a jamboree happening in the comments. Purged and now unlocked to re-enter the exchange with its pants done through the laundry and filling the cup just to the first line because any more and it's just a waste of detergent.

  • so unless the lock has been updated to includes one of those messages (i.e. a new lock), it won't lose the arrows? Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:22
  • Has to be deemed "too important to delete in case of rage abouts" in order for the votes to vamoosh.
    – random
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:22
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    "Locked for hysterical reasons"
    – user1228
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 16:31

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