The question What is the correct form in this case? was (quite correctly, imho) closed recently. I posted a comment asking the OP to edit in further details, with a view to having the closure reviewed.

But user Community has locked the post, so the OP can't revise his question.

Is this a bug? I can't see how it could be a "feature".

EDIT: Older and wiser, I've deleted the "bug" tag from this question. It's a sensible design feature.


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Yes, as ColleenV suggests, this is an intentional "feature" to make sure only one copy of a question is editable at a time.

That said, I highly doubt the question will ever be reopened on EL&U, so I'm going to go ahead and unlock the ELL version as you've requested. But just to be safe, I'll send the EL&U mods a ping to let them know what's going on, so we don't end up with two copies of the question in play.

  • I just switched my "accept" vote from ColleenV's answer. Which is perfectly good, and fully answers my question, but actions speak louder than words. So thanks for going the extra mile - on the OP's behalf rather than mine, but I'm glad to see that we have flexibility in addition to (reasonably) sensible default / automated procedures. Dec 23, 2016 at 22:32

I believe it is because it was a rejected migration. If the question had originated on ELL, it would not have been locked when it was closed. It's a feature to prevent forking a question that's being passed between sites. It should be editable on ELU:


  • Does that mean it will always be blocked, or will it eventually be deleted by the system?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 23, 2016 at 19:56
  • <slaps forehead> Doh! I was vaguely aware that the question had been migrated, but I never connected the dots. Dec 23, 2016 at 22:26
  • @Mari-LouA: Rejected stubs are never auto-deleted. Dec 24, 2016 at 1:19
  • @NathanTuggy That used to be true, but it was changed recently. They are now deleted with RemoveRejectedMigrations.
    – user230
    Dec 24, 2016 at 21:17

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