# Why are some questions locked by the Community user?

This is in a way a followup on We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?. As a response to that, I am trying to downvote/close some old post we probably can do better without (mainly to reduce clutter, so it becomes easier to find the good stuff). But a few are locked (by community user) for no reason I can understand. Why? Such posts cannot be downvoted or deleted.

Some examples: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/15691/nonextensive-statistics and https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/49969/questions-about-seqtreedisplay-and-graphviz. (Note that both questions have been automatically deleted in the meantime. High-rep users can still see them. No, you are not missing much.)

Shall I just flag for unlocking?

• Could you make it more specific? – Tim Jul 9 '18 at 10:54
• Both examples you link seem to have been closed by mods. Was something changed about them after you asked? – Stephan Kolassa Jul 9 '18 at 19:13
• To be honest, I don't understand why these have not long been deleted, as they should have been by point 7 of this list. Does anyone have an explanation? – Stephan Kolassa Jul 9 '18 at 19:15
• @StephanKolassa Because they were locked until Scortchi unlocked them in response to this Q. Now they will be automatically deleted after some time (I think the script runs daily). – amoeba Jul 9 '18 at 20:02

• I was not aware that this can happen. Here are some candidates for @kjetilbhalvorsen: stats.stackexchange.com/… (search for locked:yes duplicate:no score:0). Note that merged questions end up locked, that's why I put duplicate:no. Also some threads are locked "for historical significance" (which I find a questionable practice most of the time, see stats.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/482), that's why I put score:0. One can replace it with answers:0. – amoeba Jul 9 '18 at 13:17