Recently, a question was deleted while locked. The Help Center says,

In most cases, a post which is "locked" cannot be modified in any way. Locking prevents...

...voting on the post (including close/reopen votes for questions)
...answering (for questions)
...flagging (though "in need of moderator intervention" flags are still allowed, except in the case of Historical Significance locks - see below)

Yet, it appears that several people were able to vote to delete, and able to delete this locked question.

Am I missing some loophole in the locking provisions?


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This restriction does not apply to moderators.

Non-moderator votes, if any, could have been cast before the lock. The lock does not nullify those.

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    $\begingroup$ OK. So, when it says, "deleted by users X, Y, Z, and moderator W", that's a little misleading; the votes of X, Y, and Z had no effect, and it was really deleted unilaterally by W. A little glitch in the software, just enough to confuse me. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 0:11
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    $\begingroup$ The same remark would apply to every closure or every deletion in which a moderator participates. Technically the one vote would always have been sufficient.But the other users still had recorded their opinion as well. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 0:19
  • $\begingroup$ There were in fact W, X, Y, Z users voting to delete (four of them), and one (who happened to be the fifth user) mod made five to delete. Clean as clean can be, @Gerry. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 14:33

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