Recently, the new Policy Lock feature was introduced, to allow staff members to lock posts for editing by non-staff while still permitting votes and comments.
However, I'm wondering what will happen if the comments on a policy-locked post end up getting out of hand and need to be locked out by a moderator. As far as I'm aware, only one type of lock can be applied to a post, and as the post already has the policy lock applied to it, which can only be removed by staff, moderators can't also apply a comment lock to it.
Can policy-locked posts also have their comments locked somehow? Specifically:
- Can moderators lock a policy-locked post for comments using the standard mod menu?
- If someone (a mod or staff) manually adds the "Comments only" post notice to the policy-locked post, will it lock the comments out in addition to the standard effects of policy lock? (Is that even possible?)
- Finally, if policy-locked posts can't be locked for comments in any way, how are out-of-hand comment discussions moderated on such posts?