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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 activity. Of course, if a question allows too many distinct answers it is "too broad" and could be closed as such. I think it is difficult to give a hard and ...


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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-topic, and intrinsically so. The use of this lock reason to simply "retire" a question would be, IMHO, abusing that functionality. As is generally the case, ...


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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 acceptable. I know that there is resistance to larger edits by users other than the post owner, but I think at least for questions that are old and of the type ...


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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 community at large disproves of questions of this type. IMO the question was sufficiently non-trivial that many future readers will benefit from studying an answer. I ...


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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 answers, straight deletion of the plagiarised content is not without its problems either. I have locked both questions until a decision how to resolve the situation ...


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Just for clarification: This was not pre-emptive action by a Moderator. We are often asked by Calvin Lin who is affiliated with Billiant.org to lock questions that are part of ongoing contests. This is one of those cases. That said, I wasn't the one who handled that flag. Generally I would (and I expect the other mods too) double check to see that the ...


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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 be lifted by a moderator. Note that at the very moment you could not place the bounty anyway, as the question needs to be at least two days old to place a ...


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


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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 that satisfactorily.


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


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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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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 moderator via a flag or ask in the Math mods' office chat to get further details and to inquire under what conditions the post could be unlocked. For the ...


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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 rolled back (or sooner, if my approach doesn't meet with your approval).


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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 askers and answerers of these questions: the askers are not interested in the question and are solely interested in the contest. These questions will often fall ...


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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 they were considered acceptable, which means they probably also look acceptable to someone unfamiliar with the site. Say for example I arrive at this site for ...


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