I'd like to open this question/discussion thread after the recent "discussion" that happened in the comments under the question "Why do you think the Oxford English Dictionary changed their definition of “of?”".
The question had these problems:
- It was subjective: Which means it wasn't asking for facts, concrete situations but opinions about a certain matter. Check the "Good subjective, bad subjective" thread posted by Cartaino.
- It was off topic: Linguistics Stack Exchange has not a specified scope yet. But certainly we can't answer about why someone decided to change the entry on a dictionary and especially how this would affect future generations. (Again, asking for opinions.)
- It was badly formatted: It was written as a letter, which means it wasn't a question. The body of the question is what tells us the "situation" for the question, (e.g. where the OP got that doubt from?) and helps us to understand what the OP is looking for.
- It was asking too many things: Now, a question with 2 or 3 related questions to the main one might be ok, but here there were too many issues.
Too many points (I'm not sure I forgot something) which inevitably make it hard to edit the question in order to save it, unless we totally rephrase it.
The question even if closed, can still be edited and reopened. So if the Original Poster (i.e. he who asked the question) wants to rephrase it, it can be done and the question will then be reopened by a mod or by community voting.
You're invited to post your points of view on the matter.
Last, but not least:
This topic concerns not only that question but also any similar situation that occurred or that might occur in the future on this site. Let's say it's a good discussion point where we can express our views on the matter.