This may be a low use-case request and there may be a better way to manage it than this request but I'd like to see what the possibilities are to make it possible to avoid using the "historical lock" option with its default text on questions that aren't actually bad questions but that are designed to only be answerable for a specific period of time.
For reference, here's the historical lock text:
This question and its answers are locked because the question is off-topic but has historical significance. It is not currently accepting new answers or interactions.
This came up as an issue to me on M&TV Meta. We have a quarterly "best answers" post where people nominate their favorite answers from the quarter and voting is open for a limited period of time, at which point our current solution is to use a historical lock to prevent future voting. This has a couple of downsides:
As seen in the lock explanation, it states that the question is off-topic, which it is not, and necessitates our mods to write a comment explaining that it is not a bad question.
The question leaves the recently active queue, making it very difficult to find without searching for it specifically. So, despite this question being answered as recently as January 16th, it is no longer in its proper place.
Is it possible to get a form of "lock" that prevents additional answers and votes but does not have these two side effects?