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I was just now led to this question, which appeared under "Hot Network Questions". However, it is locked since yesterday. Certainly, questions which are closed or locked should not be advertised as hot questions, so I believe this is a bug.

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    I disagree with your general assessment that this kind of behavior is a bug (feel free to try to change my mind) - but do you think this particular question should have been presented as hot, irrespective of its lock status? "too many comments" doesn't seem to be a pretty strong negative indicator of quality. Dec 4 '16 at 16:46
  • @JanDvorak My opinion on whether or not this particular question should have been presented as "hot" is not the point here, my point is that locking a question also makes it so that it doesn't appear any more in search results (of the SE search), so it appears counterproductive to the intention of locking (hence a bug) that it would continue to appear in the hot question list. Dec 4 '16 at 16:49
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No.

As far as I know and remember, closed questions are already excluded from the Hot Network Questions list, or more accurate a closed question can't become "Hot".

So, if a question is off topic for a site and should not get new answers, a moderator or five ordinary users can just close it.

Such locks as the one on the question you linked to are quite common and meant to prevent comments, not answers. This should not affect the question visibility or its quality.

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  • Note that the question mentioned by the OP is also protected. That might add to his/her experience that he/she can't do anything with it.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 4 '16 at 17:50
  • @Glorfindel that's a totally different thing, and protected questions shouldn't be excluded as well. On the contrary, there's a popular feature request asking to auto protect all hot questions Dec 4 '16 at 18:18
  • I know, I'm just pointing out a possible source of confusion.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 4 '16 at 18:20

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