@Andrei, your locking of this post was unnecessary and premature, given the reason you stated. The first comment I made was exactly as SE suggests when downvoting. The remaining three hardly constitute a "high amount", especially since it was clear the discussion was over (Lee didn't seem receptive to what I'd said, so I left it at that.)

I would have taken this to chat as the lock message suggests but for some technical reason I cannot login to chat.

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I believe Andrei locked the post because it seemed likely to spark an extended conflict in the comments. His instinct was correct, although I don't think the pre-emptive lock was the right way to deal with it. As such I have unlocked the post.

That said, I'm also deleting the irrelevant comments. From the Help Center guidance about commenting:

When should I comment?

You should submit a comment if you want to:

  • Request clarification from the author;
  • Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
  • Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated).

When shouldn't I comment?

Comments are not recommended for any of the following:

  • Suggesting corrections that don't fundamentally change the meaning of the post; instead, make or suggest an edit;

  • Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one);

  • Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); instead, up-vote it and pay it forward;

  • Criticisms which do not add anything constructive ("-1, see previous comments you scallywag!"); instead, down-vote (and provide or up-vote a better answer if appropriate);

  • Secondary discussion or debating a controversial point; please use chat instead;

  • Discussion of community behavior or site policies; please use meta instead.

(Emphasis mine.)

In summary:

  • Andrei's instincts were correct, but he used a jackhammer where a trowel was needed;
  • Explaining the reason for a downvote in the comments is perfectly acceptable, but;
  • Comments should not be used for secondary discussions or site policy.
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    (Andrei's instincts were correct,...) I agree. It was the jackhammerness that I was flagging, not the principle of the thing. (Comments should not be used for secondary discussions...) OK, understood.
    – tkp
    Aug 8, 2014 at 17:52
  • Got it boss. Should I have instead commented like "Ok folks, take a deep breath"?
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Aug 8, 2014 at 20:45
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    Something like that @AndreiVolkov, or just clean up the comments (and leave your own comment explaining why you did so). Locking is for a situation where the post just won't stop attracting the wrong kind of attention, lasting more than several hours and amassing tens of comments, etc.
    – hairboat
    Aug 8, 2014 at 20:54
  • Understood. Somehow I was hesitant to delete comments...
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Aug 8, 2014 at 21:54
  • Having ones comments disappear is a good thing. (I've seen some of my comments get deleted for the better) Sort of like a zen monk getting wacked with a stick to get them to focus again. Aug 9, 2014 at 23:12

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