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What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

Historical locks are sometimes applied to questions. What is a historical lock? What is the purpose of a historical lock? How are questions affected by historical locking? When is it appropriate to ...
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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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Add the alternative of “delisting” questions; deletion is usually harmful overkill

There has been a lot of debate about deleted posts over the years. The classic example is the old discussion about handling old popular posts, upon which consensus has never been reached and the ...
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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 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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Why was the original boat programming question deleted? [closed]

The original boat programming question very well known on Stack Overflow, and is now used as an expression to refer to any question that has nothing to do with programming, but is written as "as a ...
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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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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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Should the historical lock feature be applied to old historical deleted questions?

This is a continuation of my old question based on the new locking feature discussed here. The same goes for questions on the popular deleted questions list Should those deleted historical questions ...
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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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Historical notice locked posts should look different

Posts with a historical lock notice look almost like ordinary posts. All that distinguishes them is: The absence of voting arrows, a minor detail, especially to people who are not habitual Stack ...
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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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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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Why was “Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio” historically locked?

The question Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio was given a historical lock yesterday. According to the tag wiki for historical-lock, A historical lock preserves older content that was very ...
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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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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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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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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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How can we retire “What is the worst programming language?” with dignity? [closed]

My question What is the worst programming language you ever worked with? got closed and locked recently. If you feel strongly that we should keep this alive, please take the discussion to ...
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The historical lock on the new post notices announcement should be removed and replaced with something else

New Post Notices are live network-wide, the original announcement of the new post notices, has been historically locked. I understand the intention of doing so: the announcement has run its course, ...
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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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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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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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What to do when I want to improve a locked post? [duplicate]

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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Why was my historic 'great question' closed and what happens next?

I'm the author of this question, I'd like to understand why it has been closed (after being open for 3 1/2 years!) and what is going to happen to it next? The suggestion here is that its now a ...
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Historical notice posts are still listed in question views

Historically locked posts still appear in search results. For example, Stack Overflow questions sorted by votes starts with 4 locked posts.
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How to reopen a closed question by a moderator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a historical lock, and what is it used for? I answered the following question about WPF books back in August 2008. I thought I'd be a good citizen and go and update my ...
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After flagging — What should be the path about asking for a historical lock on a question?

After flagging -- What should be the path about asking for a historical lock on a question? Because asking questions like: Should "What is the best Python book for experienced programmers?" ...
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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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Should “What is the best Python book for experienced programmers?” get a historical lock? [closed]

Should What is the best Python book for experienced programmers? get a historical lock put on it? It is the #1 result when searching on google when searching for "best python book"
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Can `What's your favorite “abandoned rule”?` get a historical lock?

What's your favorite “abandoned rule”? has been closed then deleted and undeleted. Can it be given a historical lock as well?