The specific question that has been the subject of must discussion that inspires this post is the following one:
Now, this is a question that was perhaps worded too combatively (I suspect the response it got would have been all but absent had the question been called "What is the nature of contemporary comparisons between UG and Generative Grammar" with non-incendiary body copy), but I look at the theme of the question and have these thoughts.
- I am personally interested in knowing more about this debate.
- This question will drive search traffic in the future to the site.
- This question is likely to pop up in the future, and we should weigh whether it's better to close it every time or have a canonical Community Wiki to direct people to.
I would like to propose that allowing for these sorts of questions and their answers to be Wikified adds a significant amount to the site.
For comparison models, some of the top (and in my opinion, most interesting and also most useful) posts on StackOverflow are open-ended Wikified questions, whose answers have been collaboratively assembled into very valuable collections:
- Hidden Features of C#?
- List of freely available programming books
- The Definitive Guide To Forms based Website Authentication
While I'm not at all equipped to answer the specific question about the current state of grammar debates, I am more than happy to take the time to compose detailed and user-friendly responses to common and possibly open-ended questions. I hope that my albeit brief answering history can be a testament to that (example 1, example 2). I suspect that many of my contemporaries feel the same way.