This question is locked with the following notice:

This question and answer are a collaborative effort: if you see something that can be improved, edit it!

Except that while the answer can be edited because it's a Community Wiki question, the question itself can't be, because it's locked. I don't know the reason why it was locked, but maybe the notice's text should be changed or omitted? (I have no opinion on whether the question should stay locked or not.)

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    I believe the question is locked to forbid new answers being posted. This way you can only edit the CW answer.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:00
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    Looks like it's fixed now: "This question's answer is a collaborative effort". Not misleading anymore. :) Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:15
  • @RobertHarvey I am a bit confused. Which of the lock messages can be edited by mods? I thought this wasn't possible at all.
    – Antony
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:20
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    It's not, @Antony. I edited it.
    – Shog9
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:21
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    It's not an edited mod message; it's a potentially new feature that SE is experimenting with. Handle with care; Alice may disappear into the rabbit hole without warning.
    – user102937
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:22
  • @Shog9 and Robert Presumably a feature in response to that very answer I linked?
    – Antony
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:22
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    No, it was already in work.
    – user102937
    Commented May 31, 2013 at 21:23

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I've adjusted the wording slightly.

This is something the SO mods and I are experimenting a bit with right now. There are a small handful of questions that are not exactly appropriate for Stack Overflow, are popular and have useful answers where the primary value arises from the community's regular efforts to keep them updated via edits.

Historical Locks are inappropriate for these, as they would then become ineligible for editing (thus destroying the one bit of value they bring to the site). The intent here is to emphasize the one valid use of Community Wiki:

Community wiki is for that rare gem of a post that needs true community collaboration.

-The Future of Community Wiki

As I said, this is an experiment. We'll see how it works in practice.

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