I've come across a few questions on Programmers that got migrated from SO, closed as "not-constructive", and then locked by the Community user.

I'm assuming the lock is to prevent the question from getting kicked back to SO as a "rejected migration", however it also prevents the questions from ever getting edited and reopened. It also prevents comments to explain the closure to the OP, or to help them improve the question, or asking for any kind of clarification.

Recent examples I've come across: here and here

Can you make the Community user stop locking migrated questions that get closed?

(I think this only happens with some close reasons, as I noticed closed-as-duplicates do not get locked)

  • I don't see explicit locks on those questions, but they are locked... doesn't closing post-migration cause automatic "rejected" status, and doesn't the automatic lock accomplish this? – Charles Dec 5 '12 at 18:53
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    Both of those questions did get rejected (that's why they're locked). The first is unlocked on Stack Overflow, the second got deleted there (and is also unlocked). The point of the lock is to prevent two alternate versions of the same question from appearing on both sites, both open and gaining answers. Keep them together. – animuson Dec 5 '12 at 18:54
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    Here's a reference for @animuson's comment. meta.stackexchange.com/a/148513/1288 I do wish the lock banner were at least displayed on those posts, since I dislike the invisible lock. I guess it's rare enough that I encounter these though. – Bill the Lizard Dec 5 '12 at 18:58
  • @Charles Rejected migration means that a question has been migrated, and closed on the site receiving it. It is called rejected migration because closing the question is considered a way not to accept the question. – kiamlaluno Dec 5 '12 at 19:00

however it also prevents the questions from ever getting edited and reopened.

If you feel it ought to be reopened, then flag it. Your mods can deal with it then. Or write up a meta post if it's a controversial issue.

Thing is, this is a migration, not duplication. It is thus necessary to have only one mutable copy of it. So one of the two copies is locked.

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  • This is not good: we get SE-bad migrations that are ontopic. We close them pending improvement, but users can't improve their questions. I call bug. – Raphael Feb 2 '14 at 13:28

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