A user deleted content in my question that took me almost 30 minutes to type up... so if I sound mad it is because I am (it feels like my time was unfairly stolen from me).
Could I get some help with what I'm being told about this edit in the comments to my question please?
I think this editor is being unreasonable and is overly-narrowly applying some ideal about "never having lists in questions because that always makes them too subjective and instantly in the format 'I like X, what do you like'?"
I'm asking because I don't want to just have an edit war, which I could very easily and fanatically do, (though he might then flag my question as inappropriate to assert his personal control to get the outcome he wants), but rather I'm looking for input from many instead of letting just the one person unilaterally dictate to me how he's going to run my question for me on the site.
Even if the consensus is that the list I included should be deleted, I think the edit was NOT in the spirit of what the edit privilege should be used for. I edit posts on stackoverflow ALL the time... to improve the grammar or format the code or add a link or state an important caveat. But I would never just delete whole sections I don't like. That in my opinion should be handled through communication with the poster, because even though we are able to edit other people's posts, the original poster still owns the question unless it's been made community wiki. Some respect of the poster's intent and time seems in order to me.
Just in case the comments get deleted, here they are for the record:
Hi Erik, list questions, especially list questions that provide answers in the body, aren't constructive here. There is, however, a good question without the list, so I've edited your question to remove your rules for crowd-sourcing a list. You can always provide your examples as an answer to your question, but keep in mind what types of answers work well here. – Mark Trapp
@Mark The faq doesn't say anything about "list questions". And I don't think I provided the answer in the body. The point of the list was to save any answerers the work of thinking about every possible important item, so they could focus on the ones that the contract missed. To me it seems a very answerable question. If I rephrased my question "what are the other points we missed in this contract" will that avoid all appearance of answering the question in the question? It was kind of brutal to slash what took me 25 minutes to distill and type up. – Erik
@Erik from the part of the FAQ I linked to, "To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where...your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”" See also the explanation of the second guideline for constructive questions in the Good Subjective, Bad Subjective article I linked, which explains the problems with list questions. – Mark Trapp
@Erik Your question is fine as it is now: the only thing I removed was the list and the request for a list. As I said in my earlier comment, you're welcome to offer your own research as an answer instead: doing so would have the added benefit of getting separate feedback on what you've found so far. – Mark Trapp
@Mark If I provided program code I had already written and asked what was wrong with it, you would hardly say "don't provide the answer with the question", even though the answer would repeat most of my code! You would understand I was showing respect to the participants by not making them produce the entire piece of code from scratch. If I show the contract we have now and ask for critique of it, this is not even close to "I use X, what do you use?" It is much closer to "here's my code, what's wrong with it?" – Erik