When a question has a "comments-only" lock, the following notice is displayed on top of the question:

Locked for X days. Comments on this question have been disabled, but it is still accepting new answers and other interactions.

However, I noticed that if the question is closed (even before the lock), the same notice is used:

"comments-only" locks' notice on closed questions

..which could be confusing, especially for new users.

Proposed change to the notice on closed questions:

Locked for X days. Comments on this question have been disabled, but it is still accepting [votes and] other interactions.

Or, as others have suggested, the additional "but it is still accepting [...]" part can simply be removed as it hardly provides any new information.

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    Heck, you could even do away with the "but..." part. Simply say "Comments on this question have been disabled." Short, sweet, to the point, and only shown on closed AND locked questions... A rather rare combination.
    – Spevacus
    Jul 29, 2020 at 13:11
  • I thought it was fine as a feature request - we’re requesting that the text be changed so it doesn’t conflict with the wording of other posts. It’s not really something that’s broken.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 28, 2021 at 12:21
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    @ColleenV The way I look at it now is that SE didn't intend to have the notice say that the question is accepting answers when it's not. It's just an edge case that was overlooked. I say that's a bug.
    – 41686d6564
    Jan 28, 2021 at 22:34
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    I can see it that way too. I was mostly just responding to the comment describing your edit.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 28, 2021 at 22:37

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Here is another example of how confusing this is in juxtaposition.

Screenshot of an off-topic notice and a comment lock notice

The closed notice says “It is not accepting answers” and the comment lock notice says “but it is still accepting new answers”.

I think it would be better to focus post notices on their purpose. “Comments disabled for time period.” and then include something about the purpose of a comment lock instead of making assertions about other aspects of the post that may not be true or relevant.


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