When a question is a duplicate, or on hold, you can see a sign, e.g. [on hold], next to the title in the list of questions, so that you don't waste your time clicking on it unless you really want to.

When it is locked, however - which happens a lot due to the ongoing contest politics - I don't see a [locked] sign. It would be appropriate given that there is really no way to interact with a locked question, you can't even upvote comments.

Edit: one possible workaround would be to actually put such questions on hold - possibly on top of locking them. Yet you can't even vote to close a question that was locked, so it has to be done before or by a moderator.

I'm coming back to this because of this question: I'd long been thinking about it when I found out that it was locked.

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    $\begingroup$ That seems like a very reasonable question. I don't think it's Puzzling-specific, though -- isn't this behaviour consistent across all Stack Exchange sites? Perhaps it deserves a question on SE meta. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan Mod
    May 1 '19 at 10:58
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan It probably is, but I've never encountered such an amount of locked questions on another SE site (still relatively small, but somewhat significant). $\endgroup$ May 1 '19 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ That's a fair point. In any case, it's not something PSE mods have any control over; it's about how the underlying software works. If you think it would look better coming from a moderator, I can post a feature request over on SE meta -- it does seem like it would be an improvement. [EDITED to fix a typo.] $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan Mod
    May 1 '19 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I followed your advice here on SE meta. Apparently this is already a feature of the android app. $\endgroup$ May 1 '19 at 20:03

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