Moderators have the ability to lock posts, which prevents up/down votes, comments, answers and close votes.
It would be nice to have a less draconian lock, that only locked the question text (and tags) but permitted up/down votes, comments, answers answers and close votes.
It would assist against:
- Edit wars on the question.
This would normally be handled by putting the question on hold until it is resolved. With this new lock, at some point the mod could make a final decision, and lock the question down, letting people actually start answering it.
- Frequent, deliberate bumping.
If an OP keeps making trivial changes to the question for the sake of getting it back to the front page - but you aren't ready to suspend them for it - the question text could be locked. (Bounties would still be possible.) If people have an answer to provide, it should be open to that. Once answers are provided, people should be allowed to vote on them - it isn't the answerer's fault.