We have just released a new type of post lock on meta sites called the Policy Lock. This lock can only be used by our Community Team, and when applied to a question or answer it will prevent any edits from being made to the post by anyone (including moderators) with the exception of our Community Team. Answering, commenting, and voting will not be affected by this lock, though additional locks to limit these activities can be added to a post that already has a Policy Lock in place. The determination of when this lock will be applied to a post will be made by the Community Leadership Team during the internal review process of such policies and communications.
Policy lock has been applied to this post, both because it is relevant here, and to give an example of how it looks.
This new lock is coming to solve a couple of issues:
- This lock will leave a distinct artifact on the post-level for official company statements or policies posted on metas sites indicating the provenance of the post. In the past we have run into issues where authors for such posts have subsequently left the company, after which there is no way for a user to know from the post that it was an official statement of the company.
- For sensitive issues or for policies where the exact wording is deliberate, we need to have a way to ensure that no one unauthorized to do so can make an edit. Even well-intentioned grammatical changes or tweaks to language can end up introducing significant changes to the interpretation of a post. We need to be able to ensure policies and other official communications stay exactly as we wrote them to ensure accuracy and validity.