I asked a question about translating some Elvish with no research effort or anything. It's stayed open for a while, and is not contentious on its on-topic-ness.

Enter this question. It is locked, but very highly upvoted. Why is this? What is wrong with it, but not with my question?

  • Besides having a difficult to confirm backstory and seeming morbid? Unfortunately, for every person who posts a genuine picture of their deceased relative's elvish tattoo, there are probably a dozen who make that kind of thing up for the lolz. The edit history suggests that some people were treating the question under that assumption, which could prove controversial. And when the story behind such questions is true, the potential for hurtful comments or answers trolling the asker is also very high, which might be another reason to lock it.
    – Adamant
    Jun 4, 2019 at 8:48

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There's nothing wrong with the question content, per se. It's locked not because it's off-topic, but because of some other issues which were highly specific to that question. Don't take the lock on that question as any sort of statement on site scope.

  • Well why is it locked? Is it because of the picture? Jun 1, 2019 at 3:33
  • @Stormblessed As I said, some other issues. Please be satisfied with that answer. (I wasn't a mod at that time, so even I might not know the full story, but what I do know from the private mod room shouldn't be shared.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jun 1, 2019 at 8:06
  • It's misleading how it says that it's "not because it's a good, on-topic question for this site." Jun 2, 2019 at 14:22
  • @Stormblessed Lock reasons can't be customised for specific posts.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jun 3, 2019 at 9:39
  • Yeah, I meant that that message you have to use makes the reason seem really different from how it actually is. Jun 3, 2019 at 13:23

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