I would like a question to be unlocked for the following reasons

  1. It was never voted by the community as being off-topic
  2. It was therefore never closed.
  3. There was no edit or flame war
  4. It was so controversial it barely attracted any downvotes (/sarcasm)
  5. it was never vandalised by the OP or by anyone else
  6. the visible answers are significantly different from one another
  7. Because of its popularity, it did attract a large number of on and off-topic comments but these were moved to chat months before the question was actually locked.

Looking at the relevant meta post, What is a "locked" post?, it reads [emphasis in bold mine]

What if I disagree with the lock applied to a post?

If you have a justifiable reason that a post should be unlocked, you should flag it for moderator attention using the "flag" link underneath the post. Select the "other" flag reason, and provide a detailed explanation of your rationale in the textbox provided.

A moderator will review your flag, and if they agree with your arguments, unlock the post.

There is no flag button/link. There is only a share link.

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  • Is this by design?
  • Is this a bug?
  • How can someone flag a locked post if there is no flag link?
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    In general, everything you can't flag directly, flag one of your own posts and link to what can't be flagged. Locking is used to stop flags as well, so I suspect it is by design.
    – rene
    Aug 8, 2018 at 8:56
  • @rene that sounds a bit contorted. The meta post should be made clearer. Aug 8, 2018 at 8:58
  • Then edit it @Mari-LouA Aug 8, 2018 at 9:00
  • Just to make sure, are you logged in? This looks like the view when we're not logged in. Aug 8, 2018 at 9:00
  • Can you link the post so we can get some background on it? Aug 8, 2018 at 9:00
  • I can flag this locked post: stackoverflow.com/a/1732454/578411 are there levels in locks that allow/disallow actions?
    – rene
    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:00
  • english.stackexchange.com/q/395382/116151 I guess.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:02
  • @PatrickHofman everything I have said is 100% accurate. You can see which year the question was posted. It was locked in January 2018. Aug 8, 2018 at 9:03
  • @Glorfindel I'd prefer not to attract unnecessary attention Aug 8, 2018 at 9:04
  • I didn't say it was accurate, there are just multiple factors with locks and we can't analyse them if we don't know the post. Aug 8, 2018 at 9:04
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    @Mari-LouA well, luckily the post is locked so nothing can happen with the attention :)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:04

1 Answer 1


You're looking at the wrong FAQ. This is a post with a historical lock, which is different from a regular lock.

See What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

The FAQ answer you quoted starts with a warning about the difference:

Note: The below answer only applies to posts locked for reasons other than "historical significance". The "historical significance" lock reason works differently.

  • Why do you think so? Aug 8, 2018 at 9:01
  • That was just a hunch, but I confirmed after checking the obvious suspects at english.stackexchange.com/…
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:07
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    The "locked post" FAQ should include a link to the "historical lock post" Why are the two posts on different pages? Shouldn't they be merged? Aug 8, 2018 at 9:14
  • 1
    Maybe (but that's another question...)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Aug 8, 2018 at 9:17

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