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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 Dec 19 '12 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 Dec 19 '12 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 Dec 19 '12 at 18:56
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    @syneticon-dj I think you are thinking of "Protected" status. – Ward - Reinstate Monica Dec 19 '12 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 Dec 20 '12 at 2:24
  • @sysadmin1138 ah, this explains some of my confusion, thanks. – the-wabbit Dec 20 '12 at 18:04

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