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Questions tagged [historical-lock]

For questions about how historical locks work and requests to have a historical lock added or removed from a question.

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Voting buttons are displayed on questions with historical lock and their answers

Previously, historically locked questions (and the answers) had their voting buttons hidden. The faq says: In addition to the post notice being prominently displayed, posts which are historically ...
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Historical locks on meta sites [duplicate]

Historical locking is used on main sites to indicate old questions that are off topic due to new rules. These posts have collected a lot of votes and are referenced much. Historical locking is used to ...
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Historically locked question reaching Hot Network Questions via vote manipulation

(Related to this question is this question, which also discusses a historical lock on a hot network question. However, the situation in this case seems to be somewhat unique; in particular, the ...
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Are there scenarios where an historically locked question can be moved to a different Stack Exchange website?

Questions may be historically locked when they have a high view count but are off-topic for a given community. In a situation where a historically locked question would fit better in a different ...
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Inconsistency of UI between locked and historically locked

From my 10k reputation point of view: locked questions (and possibly merged questions too) can't vote, but shows vote arrows can't edit, but shows edit button shows the flag button shows "comments ...
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Locked questions: add ability to bookmark [duplicate]

Historical Locked questions (e.g. How deep are your unit tests?) should have an ability to bookmark (star / favorite). If it’s available for reading, user should be able to bookmark it. Similar ...
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Bumping locked question to the homepage [duplicate]

Locked question has been recently bumped to the homepage by Community user. Bumping used to vote for answers, but in the current locked question voting is not possible. Why the question has been ...
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When historical-locked questions are bumped, the site front page has fewer questions for logged-in users

Because of reasons, I've been editing a bunch of historical-locked questions on Anime.SE recently (I have a diamond there). At first, I thought I'd have to do them in small batches so that they wouldn'...
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Are historically locked questions supposed to show up on the “highest voted questions” list?

I might be missing something, but my understanding is that this Historically-locked questions are omitted from normal question lists (those on the home page, /questions, and the various per-tag ...
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Why doesn't the sorting system actually show questions with most votes? [duplicate]

I was browsing https://christianity.stackexchange.com/ today for the first time, and wanted to look at the highest voted questions. The page to see highest voted questions (as far as I'm aware) is ...
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Allow accepting (self-)answers on historical-locked questions

Assume a (self-answered) question gets locked for historical significance. Because of this, the user who posted the question cannot (repeat: not) perform any of these actions: mark own question as ...
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Make it possible to prevent voting on time-limited questions in meta without a historical lock

This may be a low use-case request and there may be a better way to manage it than this request but I'd like to see what the possibilities are to make it possible to avoid using the "historical lock" ...
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How can I find the “historically significant” questions?

Questions that are locked by historical-lock are very likely to be hilarious1, 2. Off course that is unless someone deletes them first because he doesn't like fun, so he thinks nobody else does. I ...
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How to post an answer to this question [closed]

How can I add my answer to the following question? Hidden Features of SQL Server The question is about the hidden features in SQL Server. Now I have a trick to give alias name to subquery ...
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Shouldn't the usernames on a historically locked question update as well? [duplicate]

I came across a historically locked question about an earlier Winter Bash and saw this: However, Abby T. Miller and abby hairboat are the same person! Why didn't the user name update? I think it is ...
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Alert on locked question comment vote incorrect [duplicate]

When one tries to vote on a comment on a historically locked question, one gets the alert pop up of: However, it is possible to flag comments. For the SE types who can dig beyond the ability of ...
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Does closing a question as a duplicate of a locked one makes sense?

This question has been closed by a moderator as a duplicate of this one. Is this really reasonable? Now even if I wanted to move my answer to the original question, I can't because it's locked. No ...
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What to do when I want to improve a locked post?

The locked and closed question Hidden features of Python has an answer that contains an anti-pattern, a backslash to continue a line. I tried to edit and to comment, which both did not work, as this ...
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How can I update/comment on a locked/closed question [duplicate]

There is a question which was raised almost 7 years ago which should probably be updated. Why would one mark local variables and method parameters as "final" in Java? It should be noted ...
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How many network sites have their top question hidden?

Looking at the highest voted questions on various StackExchange sites is something we all like to do. For instance, if you look at ServerFault, you can see the top question has 469 votes (as of this ...
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We could use better management of popular, but “bad” questions

There are a set of questions that are a bad fit for Stack Exchange. Every site has a /help/dont-ask page that describes what SE sites are looking for and what kinds of questions aren't a good fit for ...
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How do I delete an answer that is locked?

I'd like to withdraw my answer from a question by deleting it. The answer is locked so I can't access it. In addition, the flag button is grayed out so I can't raise a flag to have it deleted. How do ...
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Mark a tag as a historical significance only

We already have tag blacklisting. That's great, and very useful. I would also like to have a related feature: marking a tag as "historical only". For example, on Programmers.SE, one of the custom ...
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Tags that only exist on locked questions, should we treat these the same as tags that don't exist at all?

Since locked questions cannot be edited by anyone but a moderator, and (especially for historically-locked questions) many are off-topic, they have a higher incidence of bad tags. My request is ...
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Is there a process for re-opening or deleting locked questions?

Specific context: I was looking for a .NET html parser, and google pointed me to What is the best way to parse html in C#? Locked questions - especially technical locked questions such as the ...
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Show Regulation Messages on Stack Exchange App [duplicate]

Questions like What is your best programmer joke? are locked (or closed, or on hold, etc.) which is clearly stated when using the website version of Stack Exchange. This message does not appear on ...
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Why does this “historical locked” question show up in the Questions list, by mine doesn't? [duplicate]

Don't close questions where the user has requested that it not be closed Question has a historical lock: This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a ...
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Why aren't locked posts viewable in the Questions list? [duplicate]

I can't seem to find my locked ee.SE question anywhere on the Questions list on EE.se, despite it showing up on the Hot Questions list on SE and the active list on All Questions. Is this just a bug ...
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Make historical locks default to permanent

The default period for locks is 1 hour. That makes a lot of sense for content disputes and offtopic comments. After a short period of time, the people who are engaged in editing or commenting will ...
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Is there a way for normal, non-moderator users to search for deleted questions, or could one be added? [duplicate]

This is a fairly straight-forward question/request that I couldn't find a direct, specifically on point answer to with the search, though it seems like there would be one by now. I've seen the meta ...
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Should an old, popular C# Static Analysis Tools question be deleted or locked? [closed]

This question currently has some re-open and delete votes on it: What static analysis tools are available for C#?. There is some debate between users in the comments about whether the question should ...
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Show vote buttons for historical notice locked posts

On the UX Stack Exchange, recently there was a discussion about the vote buttons on Stack Exchange. As shown here, the voting buttons are not there, unlike other posts: On this question, it says ...
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Why vote buttons hidden in locked questions?

I understand Joel's point that they don't hide the vote buttons, instead they display an error message if the action is not allowed (for example upvoting your own answer). But then why doesn't the ...
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Is “Can you be terrible at math and still be a great programmer” historically relevant, or old and off-topic?

I found this question a few days ago and was a little curious about whether it should have a historical lock or just be closed in the usual fashion. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50529/can-you-...
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How to flag historic off topic questions

I just came across this question which is primarily opinion based, which doesn't fit with the current standards of questions on SO. I understand that this has historic significance, it has some good ...
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Can “Which JavaScript framework (jQuery vs Dojo vs … )?”s question please be deleted? [closed]

This question is locked meaning I can not delete-vote it. Update: Robert has unlocked it. If you feel like me that it does more harm than good, both to the JavaScript community and StackOverflow's ...
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How to treat old locked questions containing outdated information?

Suppose an old closed question has an historical lock on it, making impossible to vote/comment/flag on any post. What should we do if such questions have a high visibility but contains some outdated ...
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How to report a no-more-valid-answer to a locked question? [duplicate]

This answer (last answer on the first page) is linked to a question which exists no more. I wanted to flag it to get it removed but the question is locked and there is no flag option. How can I report ...
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Locked message should reference Help Center

I noticed that the locked message still references the FAQ. See example: locked by Bill the Lizard♦ yesterday This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not ...
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Can't flag historically locked questions [duplicate]

I know, it doesn't make much sense to flag a question or answer post once a question is historically locked, because in theory nothing should need to change in the question ever again. Recently, the ...
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Are any of these worthy of an historical lock?

Of the 24 closed questions on SO with more than 500 votes, 8 have historical locks on them and 16 do not. If you look into these, you’ll find that many are quite old, but closed relatively recently. ...
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FAQ link in Historical Lock Notices leads to generic Help Center

The historical lock's FAQ link should probably lead to the page on "on-topicness" rather than just the Help Center in general. I realize that this is probably on the "To Do" list but still figured I'd ...
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Enhance the current locking mechanism for moderators

In the interest of making the internet a better place, some time ago a feature was added whereby old, off-topic questions that had stellar information in them could be un-deleted, and locked, with a ...
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How to flag community wiki posts?

I came across the following post: https://stackoverflow.com/a/312426/1275169 This is effectively a link-only answer and the link is broken now. I usually flag such posts. But strangely enough, there'...
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Unable to edit my response to a locked question

The image is broken in my response to the "favorite programmer cartoon" question. I'd be happy to fix this, but I can't (not enough rep? not a moderator?). Here's the image in the Internet Archive: ...
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Add an answer to a closed question?

I was looking at Simple proof that GUID is not unique recently. It's funny as hell, and I especially liked the person's response of selling cheap China GUIDs. But no one seemed to answer the fellow's ...
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What if the answers of a historical locked question become obsolete?

My understanding is that a question is historically locked because the information in it is too valuable for the question to be deleted. But if the "valuable information" becomes obsolete, what ...
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Why did Community unlock this undeleted post?

It looks like Community unlocked this posting on Hidden Features of PHP. Was this intentional, or just a daemon that kicked off somewhere? I ask because Robert Harvey on March 10th seems to have ...
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Notice on historical locked post should link to question on historical locks, not on closing

A historically locked question such as this one contains a link to the FAQ. It would be more informative if it linked to this question on historical locks directly, because the StackOverflow FAQ doesn'...
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Missing an excellent answer about JavaScript frameworks

There used to be an excellent question at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/394601/which-javascript-framework-jquery-vs-dojo-vs. The answers were so excellent that the question was linked to from ...