When you have a coherent answer, post that answer. It does not have to be exhaustive, and if you want to develop it further through edits, feel free. But it must be A COHERENT ANSWER TO THE ACTUAL QUESTION.
Not a blackboard. Not a scratchpad. Not a series of notes on the topic. Do that in private. If you want to back and forth with the OP, use chat.
@goldilocks Thank you for your polite warning. Now I understand why you earlier you said I “hijacked” a question and said things irrelevant to the question.
I was very surprised that you use the word “hijack” which I think is a strong accusation.
I remember I complained twice that
milliways criticized me that “I did not know electronics, go home to study more“
and your made a remark that
my answer to operating systems is “incorrect and misleading”.
My complaints to milliways was declined. I hope that it does not mean that stackexchange thinks that milliways did not do anything inappropriate.
But I am not interested to follow up, because I found afterwards milliways stopped his criticism on my answers.
For your criticism on my “incorrect and misleading” answer on operating systems , I think I explained that it is a “out of context” prospective, and the “no common ground” problem in knowledge background.
We have no further discussion on my knowledge in operating systems. So I think both milliways and you think that we might have misunderstood each other, and so we should stop any argument.
Yes, Milliways is a curmudgeon and sometimes a bit too blunt.
It is, however objective to say a purportedly fact based statement is “incorrect” and/or “misleading”, and saying flat out someone doesn’t know what they are talking about is also reasonably objective depending on content.
I don’t handle all the flags, of course, but you and Milliways both get a lot, as in, more than anyone else. Not all of them are valid.
But these are more subtle issues than the Q&A format. Not everyone likes it, in which case no one forces them to use the site. There are lots of “discussion oriented” tech…
To elaborate a bit: I think what you are doing does indicate some weakness of the format, which is an advantages vs. disadvantages, trade-off thing.
But short story: That’s how it is. If you want to suggest changes, the place to start is meta.stackexchange.com
Now I think to prevent new misunderstanding, I better explain why I am surprised to hear your remark that I used the forum as “scratch pads”. I think perhaps my way of giving answer does not meet the requirements or policy, such as “keep a laser sharp focus” on a topic.
I have actually changed my way of answering to avoid misunderstanding that I am using this forum as a scratch pad (More about this later).
I have to go momentarily but I will be back in a few minutes and reply.
Ah, I just suggested that I am too slow to write in English and cannot organize my thoughts well, so I suggested that me take a long break, and come back during or after the weekend. Of course you are welcome to reply to my comments before my coming back. Cheers.
@tlfong01 I didn’t mean “scratch pads” prejoratively. You’re obviously a well organized thinker, and your notes generally look useful, but the point, again, is that
if it isn’t a reasonably direct explicit answer to the question, then it shouldn’t be posted as such. And we don’t have a “Post your thoughts on the topic” option.
3 days later…
Thank you for you suggested that: “if you want to suggest changes, the place to go is meta.stackexchange.com”.
There are a couple of reasons that I would not like to suggest anything now.
I once mentioned when I flagged twice some time ago: I have only been around for a year or so, I need another year to observe and experience before I “suggest” anything.
Last year there was a survey and I participated. I remember I wrote something and commented that I agree with 90% of the two articles I read. I am pretty sure you also read the two articles strongly criticizing stackoverflow.
One year passed, if I was asked (I am in their email list, and I do from time to time write long comments about experiences), I would again write long comments, and lastly giving a reference article saying that I agree with 90% of the things mentioned there.
This is the 2019 article I will referred when stackoverflow asks me for suggestions again:
Has StackOverflow Become An Antipattern? codemouse92 profile image Jason C. McDonald Oct 19 Updated on Oct 20, 2019 ・6 min read
There is no hurry at all to reply. As I said, I need one more year to observe, and experience, before I friendly suggest anything, to the StackOverFlow management. I might not comment for a long while.