I recently ran into this locked question and noticed the bottom part says:

locked question

It suggests I visit meta for more information. That does not seem very informative to me.


  1. The word locked should maybe link to this post here in meta.
  2. For more info visit meta could be re-written to be more informative.

What do you suggest?

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    I agree with your solution #1. It's totally weird that you currently just fall on the MSO home page Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 14:52
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    I've always thought the visit meta link could point to the exact post that is discussing the content (if one exists). The first time I clicked that link to see what the discussion was about, I was disappointed to find it just took me to the front page of MSO Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 14:53
  • Is there a discussion going on?
    – hjpotter92
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:02
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    For the record: I locked this post because it was asked while the OP was in a fight in a certain chat room. I locked it to prevent the tension from there to affect the voting on the question. Although the question likely is too localized, the initial reaction felt a bit like ganging up/punishment.
    – Gordon
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:15
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    @BackinaFlash In this specific case it was related to the JavaScript chat room. Gordon later explained that he locked the question because it was asked by a user who is generally disliked in the chat, and someone linked to it so he wanted to avoid bias. However, the solution I am looking for is more general. I'm using SO a lot for over a year now, I had no idea what locked questions were. What I ended up doing was going on google and searching for "StackOverflow locked question meta" and clicking the result.I would have appreciated having that in the question. I had no idea about locked posts. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 15:16
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    @Jim I saw that question before posting this question. I'm asking for the bottom part added when locking to the mention what locking is. That question is about a discussion about why the question was locked to begin with. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 16:39
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    Oh, I see. Didn't notice the difference. Not a duplicate. But closely related. Possibly could be one feature request to implement both changes.
    – yoozer8
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 16:40

2 Answers 2


First of all, as I suspect that this message is placed when no more reason found, I think it could be better customized. Second, change the title of a link to the description of a locked post

This post has been locked due to abuse of editing. What is a locked post?

This post has been locked due to continuous closing and reopening. What is a locked post?

This post has been locked because of attracting spam (or inappropriate answers). What is a locked post?


My suggestion would be a combination of nicael's answer and psubee2003's comment:

Whatever interface moderators use to lock questions should have the option to provide a link to a Meta post where the question is being discussed. The wording would change slightly:

This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info, see: < link to relevant meta post >

If the moderator locking the question doesn't provide a link to a Meta post, the wording would be the same, but the link would point to the What is a locked post? question on MSO. This implementation would require a one-time change of wordiing, but from then on would just require a default link incluson when one isn't provided, so I think it would be simple for the SE team to implement (no new dialogs to write code for).

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