This is a detailed description of how moderating posts works. There are four statuses that a post may have:
- Open Open to editing and answering. This applies to 99% of questions.
- Locked Controversial questions can be locked to stop all additional edits.
- Closed Closed to voting and modification. Usually these are off-topic posts that have enough useful information that deleting them would be detrimental to the community.
- Deleted Deleted question are gone. However, in extreme situations, they can be resurrected by administrators.
Open Posts ¶
- This is the default status.
- Questions may be answered.
- Questions and answers may be voted on, commented on, and edited.
Locked Posts ¶
- Locked posts may not be edited.
- 2000 reputation is required to lock a post.
- Even if a question is locked, its answers may be edited.
Closed Posts ¶
- Only a question may be closed.
- A closed question and its answers are read-only.
- The following are disallowed on closed questions:
- Editing the question or its answers
- 5000 reputation is required to close a question.
Deleted Posts ¶
- Deleted questions don't show up in search results or on any index pages.
- Attempting to view the question by going to its old URL shows a 404 error.
- Deleting an answer makes that answer and all of its comments disappear from its question.
- Deleting a question deletes all of its answers.
- When a question or an answer is deleted, all reputation associated with that question is removed.
- 10,000 reputation is required to delete a question.
- All reputation gained or lost from the question and its answers are nullified.
- A question may also be deleted if it receives enough flags.
- Reputation gained or lost due to flagging will remain.
- It costs two reputation points to flag a post.
- If enough people flag a post:
- Its owner is docked 100 reputation points
- Everyone who flagged the post receives 7 points (for a net gain of 5 points).
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