Why was this question locked? The moderation banner at the top of the page on that question states:

“Locked for 7 days. There are disputes about this question’s content being resolved at this time. It is not currently accepting new answers or interactions.”

I am sure some people will say it is obvious that it is a touchy issue, but I don’t get it. From my viewing of the question right now I see no contention. I do see some great answers on that question and no signs of contention.

So what exactly is the “dispute” here?

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Nothing to do with slavery being a touchy issue. If you check the revision history, you'll see that the OP was repeatedly editing replies to comments into their post and rolling back attempts to remove them. Situations like this, commonly known as "rollback wars", usually require a moderator to step in and lock the post at a particular version until the editing/content dispute is resolved.

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    Are you not able to lock the question and leave the answers and comments open?
    – Valorum
    Nov 27, 2020 at 13:20
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    @Valorum Unfortunately, no; there are only a few types of lock available, and locking edits on a question also locks comments and answers. There's plenty of feature requests on main meta about improving the post locking functionality, if you want to go and support them.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Nov 27, 2020 at 13:23
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    Some mention of the reason for the lock on the question itself would likely be appropriate, especially as the question is currently in the Hot Network Questions list.
    – R.M.
    Nov 27, 2020 at 20:17
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    @R.M. I was going to leave a comment, but since the user is now suspended, I've just unlocked it instead.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Nov 27, 2020 at 23:19

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