When you lock a post, you also lock out users from being able to flag for moderator attention on said post.

It would be a useful feature to allow flagging from the post if something has changed or needs to be changed with the locking of the post. It would allow a user to explain their reasoning within the relevance of the post/page itself.

I found out due to a question that needed to be locked/closed due to some answer spam issues. It was a legit question and I did not want the OP to feel like he had done anything wrong.

I posted a comment explaining why I did this and wanted users to be able to flag the question if something legitimate needed to be added. That is when I noticed that you can't flag the question after being locked.

Nothing major, just an idea.

  • Just today I saw one with an accepted answer that amounted to a broken link. I don't know what the moderator would've done, but I couldn't do anything.
    – Jay
    Commented Jan 27, 2010 at 8:04
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    Yes yes yes yes yes yes YES.
    – John Rudy
    Commented Jan 27, 2010 at 13:03
  • For historical lock the request is not complete. Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 20:21

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Locked posts can now be flagged for moderator attention.

However, if a question is locked for historical significance, then no option for flagging is currently available.

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    I can't see how to flag this answer where the (popular) question is locked: stackoverflow.com/a/323559/992887 - no Flag option. The Gitmac/Sprout website link currently redirects to a porn site, maybe a moderator could look at this since I can't flag it?
    – RichVel
    Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 7:15
  • I'll check into it, but for now, I've fixed the link. Thanks for pointing it out. Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 9:04
  • Has this since been reverted? I can't find any option to flag when posts are locked. Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 12:29
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    @StevenJeuris which post? If the parent question is locked for historical significance, then no flagging option is currently available. Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 20:07
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    How do we flag questions locked for historical significance?
    – endolith
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 5:09

I would be all for this.

However -- assuming I understand this part of SO right -- flagging is a type of voting, and you can't vote on a locked post. There is an open feature request to allow partial locking (in that case, only forbid closing and deletion votes); in other words, to allow specifying the allowed and restricted types of voting.

I'll vote to close this question as a dupe, just wanted to explain this.

And I repeat: I'm all for doing this. Until then, the workaround is to flag a different post and mention "This is about Q 67128: …" in the message.

  • Voting to partial-lock could be a good ability to open up to 5k+ or 7k+ users, maybe?
    – Ether
    Commented Jan 27, 2010 at 18:19
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    @Æther: Hmm, I don't know, I think I'd leave that in the hands of the mods.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jan 27, 2010 at 20:02
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    this sounds like the flag function is poorly defined or poorly implemented (or both). i can see why you should only flag a post as offensive or spam once, but i honestly can't see why "flag for moderator attention" should be a once-only ability. Commented Feb 16, 2010 at 23:17

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