There are several types of locks available for moderator use:

  1. Content dispute
  2. Historical significance
  3. Offtopic comments

#2 - Historical - is special: when applied to a question it also locks all answers. But #1 and #3 only apply to the locked post itself: locking a question doesn't prevent the answers from being edited, voted on, or commented on.

The Android app doesn't appear to respect this distinction however, at least when it comes to comments:

locked banner, no comment input

Even though this answer isn't locked, the banner still shows - and no comment input is possible.

  • This is currently locked on the API side, questions have nothing but a locked_date to signify if they're locked or not. I don't know if this should be in the scope of the API's handling however, but it's definitely annoying. Apr 21, 2014 at 21:13
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    This bit me again recently; the API should be returning per-post lock states (so answers wouldn't have a locked date on locked questions, except for the Historical Lock case). If that's not happening, I'd consider it an API bug.
    – Shog9
    Nov 18, 2014 at 3:10
  • we have a can_flag attribute in the API now, I'll look into adding a similar one for commenting. Nov 18, 2014 at 3:12

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This is fixed as of the next build since we have a can_comment field on the API now, yay!

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