I asked what I thought was a fairly straightforward question on a Meta site and gave an example of the problem. It attracted a single duplicate suggestion, and I edited the question to integrate it in. It was quickly downvote brigaded and locked because of a "dispute".
Locked for 7 days. There are disputes about this question’s content being resolved at this time. It is not currently accepting new answers or interactions.
What is the dispute about the question's content? Who is resolving it "at this time"? Why does a disputed question need to lock comments and answers? (But not comments on answers?)
Maybe this is mistaken? The number of comments and edits? Maybe the activity on the question triggered something? The notice contains one link; but it is to a generic Help Center page that doesn't talk about disputes.
In fact, the entire Help Center doesn't mention disputes at all: https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/search?q=dispute
I've tagged this as a feature request because I've identified multiple features that I think would improve the website:
- A help page should describe how a dispute is flagged and resolved
- The locked notification should describe what is in dispute and, probably, who is resolving it.
- A mechanism to get more information about the dispute, or a way to flag the question as mistakenly locked.
I'm not sure if there should be a separate "discuss" question, please leave a comment with feedback.