Moderators used to be able to comment on deleted or locked posts. However I've just noticed I am unable to add a comment to a deleted question on Meta Stack Overflow, as the "add comment" link is disabled (but still visible).

Is this an intentional change, or is it a bug?

I've double-checked that I'm still logged in, and disabled all userscripts.

I'm running Chrome 76 on Windows 10.

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    This happens to me on mobile brave browser as well in “request desktop site” mode. Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 23:59
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    Not an intentional change. We were doing some work in that area and it sounds like I screwed up permission checks after all. Apologies for the inconvenience, will fix tomorrow morning.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 0:27
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    In case this helps: a few minutes ago I deleted a post and then left a comment, without the intervening page load. After navigating away and then returning to the page later, I see what Samuel sees. I know you don't refresh everything "inline" with a deletion; I'm only mentioning this to report that the comment did go through at the server, so whatever it is seems to be entirely client-side (if I understand correctly). Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 2:14
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    You're spot-on Monica! I edited the class on the link to "js-add-link comments-link" and it allowed me to add a comment to the deleted post Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 2:38
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    @SamuelLiew I love how you can just do that. It feels like cheating...
    – user474678
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 11:07

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According to SO developer Adam Lear (ref), this was not an intentional change. The devs were doing some work in that area which introduced an error in permission checks. Apologies for the inconvenience; this should be fixed shortly.

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    Hrm. I can't add a comment to a rejected migration either: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/389322/… Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 14:46
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    Same bug affects locked posts, @George - should be fixed now.
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 16:03
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    @shog9 Thanks, it is fixed. I mentioned it in case it's another test case for the bug being fully fixed. Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 16:06

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