27 votes

Should we close/lock old questions with many answers at some point?

If a new answer does not add anything at all it might reasonably be considered as "not useful" (in the given context) and thus could be down-voted. Basically, I think this suffices to control such ...
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19 votes

Is it time to retire the 0.999=1 question (and other historical questions)

TL;DR. Stack Exchange does not have any functionality to "retire" on-topic questions. The "Historical significance" lock reason is for very specific use cases where the question itself is now off-...
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14 votes

Historical lock for preserving old, low quality questions

If the threads are useful the question-post usually will include a good nucleus that just never developed. It thus usually should be possible to add some context in order to make the question-post ...
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11 votes

Locked question - where is the discussion?

The problem is that a user copied parts from Tim Gowers' page at Cambridge University, and posted those as questions, without attribution. Since the questions already have attracted a number of ...
11 votes
Accepted

Regarding the question on "Conics passing through integer lattice points".

For my part I will add the following hopefully clarifying comments: The question showed no effort, and was a wrapper for five separate although closely related questions. I believe that the ...
10 votes
Accepted

Contest problem boilerplate lock reason

Added: I tweaked the wording slightly to make the rendering a bit more tidy, but for the most part it is what was suggested above. Reminder: you can search currently-locked questions.
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9 votes
Accepted

Getting a question unlocked.

How do I go about doing this? You wait until the question is unlocked, then you place the bounty. The lock in such a case will typically be such that it expires automatically after some time or will ...
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7 votes

Regarding the question on "Conics passing through integer lattice points".

Now that it has been edited to be reasonable, I would prefer for it to be unlocked and reopened.
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6 votes
Accepted

Locked question concerning contest problem

You don't appear to be explicitly asking a question, but I assume that the final paragraph is the implicit question which you want answered. I think that math SE contest problem policy will answer ...
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6 votes
Accepted

Locking & deleting

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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5 votes

How to ensure that an active contest question is locked until the contest expires

In these situations please flag your answer, and we will take care of this.
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3 votes
Accepted

Feature request for unlocking competition questions after a given time

Here is what has been discussed in the comments. Most users agreed that this feature, although sensible, would not be worth the effort to implement. A key point was the lack of engagement from the ...
3 votes

How to ensure that an active contest question is locked until the contest expires

Although it isn't as comprehensive in hiding the content as deleting would be, I've taken the liberty of editing ("defacing") the Accepted Answer. Once the contest is over my edit can be ...
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3 votes

Historical lock for preserving old, low quality questions

Since these questions are apparently points of entry for new people finding this site, I think it is especially important to say why they are considered low-quality today. As you say, a few years ago ...
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3 votes

What to do about my locked answer to a post?

You cannot unlock a post. The very point of locking a post is to prevent users (including the owner) from altering it. See What is a "locked" post? for further details. You can contact a ...
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