I guess I thought if a question was closed, it couldn't continue to be answered (at the very least), but that doesn't seem to be the case.

So what does closing a question actually accomplish?

Ref: Do Catholics refer to all martyrs as Saints?

At the time of this writing it was closed '3 hours ago' and still allowed someone to post an answer '1 hour ago'.

  • I'd change the accepted answer to the other one, since it apparently took the answerer 2 hours to formulate :0
    – Peter Turner Mod
    Sep 7, 2011 at 18:31

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Two things to answer here...

First off, closing does mean you can't answer it. Except, well... Sometimes, you can. If you've already started writing an answer, you might be able to finish writing it and then post. There are checks for this intended to warn you, but sometimes they don't (or can't, as in the case of a disconnected author) work. This is... mostly by-design.

The other part, what closing is meant to accomplish, is simple: closing is limbo, not yet deleted but not fully enabled. The intent is to give folks time to debate and improve the question before it is actually deleted. So if you see a closed question you think can and should be salvaged, try to clean up any outstanding problems with it, and then vote to re-open.

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