The question "How to deal with instructor forcing me to do an uninteresting optional exercise?" has been locked recently. The question is kind a of mirrored question to How to deal with uninterested students during an optional exercise session? and I think that both questions are a good and especially, both have great answers. However, the first question was has received several downvotes and also quite a few upvotes (currently being at -6 total). I imagine that the downvotes are partly due to the somehow offensive phrasing "some internet people".

My guess is that the question has been locked because of the heavy downvotes; here you find some reasons why posts should be locked (heavy downvotes are not exactly on the list…). As a locked question, there can't be up- and downvotes on the question and also no edits or comments can be made. I have the feeling, that the question should have been better received and would like to edit it (tone down a little), comment that I find the question reasonable and also upvote it. I could have flagged for moderator attention, but thought, I could learn more if I asked on meta.


  • Is asking on meta equally good as flagging?

  • Why was this question locked? (I have some guess, probably would have done the same, but I am curious.)

  • How to proceed with the question?

2 Answers 2


It says in the lock notice:

This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. For extended discussions, please use chat.

That question in particular was locked due to (now-deleted) comments that degenerated into schoolyard name-calling. (The downvotes may have been a reaction to those same comments.)

The lock will automatically expire in five days, and you can edit it then.

  • Ok, I was late to that post, so that I did not see these comments anymore (lucky me, I guess). Thanks for the explanation and the info.
    – Dirk
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 19:34
  • "that degenerated into schoolyard name-calling": Sigh. Due to the different time-zone, I always miss the fun :-) Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 20:28
  • @MassimoOrtolano Indeed. In particular, having seen the initial comments, I think your claim there that "This is a question which mirrors the other one, written from the point of view a student who is hypothetically in that position" is almost certainly not the case.
    – Yemon Choi
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 18:30

It is locked for 5 days to let things cool down. Specifically the number of off topic comments. After the timeout it will automatically unlock. At that point you will be able to edit it.

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