The default period for locks is 1 hour. That makes a lot of sense for content disputes and offtopic comments. After a short period of time, the people who are engaged in editing or commenting will move on to something else. But historical significance questions are not going to be unlock-worthy after any period of time. I can't think of any reason to unlock such questions short of a complete turnaround of site culture.

Can we make the default for historical locks be forever rather than one hour?

  • The word "permanent" has such a permanent feel. I'm assuming the word you are looking for "indefinite" which suggests that is won't end automatically but is reverseable? Jun 17, 2014 at 0:18
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    @psubsee2003: I'm using "permanent" in a technical sense: that's the name of the option moderators see in the UI. Like almost every moderator action, locking posts is a reversible action. Jun 17, 2014 at 0:29
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    I suspected that might be the name of the option. It feels wrong in that sense, but probably is just quibbling over a non-issue. Jun 17, 2014 at 0:32
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    Is there even a point in giving historical locks timed options, or are they there for consistency with the other locks?
    – Jamal
    Jun 17, 2014 at 0:49
  • @Jamal Hey, the more options the better. Mods used to be able to indefinitely lock a post with no official "notice".
    – ɥʇǝS
    Jun 17, 2014 at 0:50

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I've installed a system to customize the defaults for each and every lock reason. To begin with, I've defaulted the "Historical significance" lock reason to permanent duration. This is now entirely configurable.

Historical lock permanent

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    Great work, new guy. ;-) Jul 15, 2014 at 19:52
  • Thanks @JonEricson! I try to be useful now and then.
    – Haney
    Jul 15, 2014 at 20:42
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    Teaser! Like showing a candy to a kid and saying "see this yummy treat? You can't have it!" :D (we mortals can't use or even see this wonderful interface) Jul 15, 2014 at 21:28
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    @ShadowWizard: I added a screenshot of the amazing mod interface. The incredible dev interface must be left to the imagination. Jul 15, 2014 at 22:54
  • Awesome, you made my day, @Jon! :-) Jul 15, 2014 at 22:58
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    I can assure you both that the incredible dev interface is incredibly boring and plain. ;)
    – Haney
    Jul 15, 2014 at 23:01

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