This question let me notice something I am wondering about: after it has been locked, my option to vote for reopening has disappeared:

reopen missing

Is this really a feature of the question lock which makes sense in any way?

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    MDMarra called. He wants his MSPaint art back.
    – Wesley
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 18:25

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Question Locking is supposed to be a mod tool for saying "Everyone! Hands off!". Voting up/down/close/open/etc on such a question makes no sense if the 2nd-level demi-gods of the site hath forbid it.

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    Somehow, I always thought that locking has just been done to prevent comments. So I was mistaken and it is just some sort of a mod-hammer?
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 18:30
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    @syneticon-dj A lock is the tool of choice when things get out of hand (insane comments, edit wars, etc.) - in the hierarchy of hammers it's in between "closed" and "deleted".
    – voretaq7
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 18:56
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    @syneticon-dj I think you are thinking of "Protected" status. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 19:21
  • @syneticon-dj There different flavors of locking. Some locks still allow you to vote, but not comment or answer. The Historical lock is the frozen-in-carbonite version.
    – sysadmin1138 Mod
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 2:24
  • @sysadmin1138 ah, this explains some of my confusion, thanks.
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 18:04

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