This answer by bobince is very famous on Stack Overflow.

Was it locked due it being heavily edited?

It was locked due to a Content Dispute, but it doesn't say over what.

Is there a way to just block the editing of the answer, since a lock also blocks:

  • Upvotes
  • Comments

Maybe we just do not want any more uselss comments, but why can't we allow voting for this amazing answer?


Can we just lock the question since it already has many answers which will help future users?

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    Yeah, a post score of 4432 just doesn't do justice. 4433 is the least it should have.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2012 at 13:29
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    @balpha or at least 4444 ^_^
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 13:29
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    I'm not sure what all the recent locking/unlocking business is about, but it has been defaced in the past. It's been flagged 19 times as well. Some people don't get the joke. Jun 7, 2012 at 13:33
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    @BilltheLizard that is what it seems. Wonder why this question is getting downvoted? I guess people like that answer being locked?
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 13:46
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA I guess so. I know it gets linked to inappropriately (in cases where regex can be used) quite a lot, so maybe it has received a little too much attention. Jun 7, 2012 at 13:55
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    This post does not bode well for your chances in the election. If elected, would you unlock and vote on that post? Jun 7, 2012 at 14:10
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    @KevinVermeer I would have to confer with the other moderators. Weird that there is so much backlash to this post though.
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:11
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    I think the entire Question should be locked permanently. 62 answers and half of the ones on the front page don't really answer the question. We'd do better with a new Question held to current standards, and preserving this one as an artifact.
    – Jeremy
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:19
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    It's not an amazing answer. It's awesome, hilarious, a work of art, but as far as answers go it's a typical "don't do that, do this instead" answer. I think part of the backlash is because people are quite bored discussing the same relics over and over again, and part of it because there's absolutely no reason for people to keep upvoting a +4432 answer. Would anyone notice if it went to +4450? And if they did, would it make any difference?
    – yannis
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:35
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    @YannisRizos so lock the question! why lock the individual answer, the qusetion already has waaaay too many answers!
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:36
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    Agreed, and if you put that in your question I'll reverse my vote.
    – yannis
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:38
  • @YannisRizos it has been added
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:38
  • @JeremyBanks I added that to my question now.
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:39
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    +1 for locking the question, and for the curiosity, a mod hopeful trying to understand why an answer is locked is a good thing.
    – yannis
    Jun 7, 2012 at 14:40
  • @BilltheLizard All the knee-jerk linking to a non-helpful non-answer has become Pavlovian. It doesn’t help people, and it is downright rule to flip them off that way. Better by far to link to something that shows them how, while explaining you probably don’t want to do that. Zalgo delenda est.
    – tchrist
    Jun 6, 2014 at 23:00

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The answer was locked because it kept getting defaced. It remains on the site (in spite of its dubious nature), because it is a colorful part of Stack Overflow history, and merits preservation.

What is the basis for locking the question? To do that, there needs to be some compelling reason for locking it, and I don't see one. See What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

  • Not a historical lock. But a general lock (if that exists).
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:27
  • What for? It's already protected against 1-rep bikeshedders. Locking it would just prevent the ability to maintain it.
    – user102937
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:28
  • since it already has many answers which will help future users
    – Naftali
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:29
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    If it were actually maintained, fine, but it hasn't been. A ton of the highly-voted answers are jokes or suggest solutions entirely unrelated to regexes and should be deleted, and many of the rest are entirely redundant. It would take a mod or a team of 20kers to clean that up. (Though I was wrong when I said there were 62 answers; I was including 22 deleted ones.)
    – Jeremy
    Jun 7, 2012 at 19:34
  • OK, the question is now locked.
    – user102937
    Jun 7, 2012 at 19:43

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