Please note that I'm asking about a thread on this meta (Forum tone, reasonableness, and the possibility of a curated stack), not for general use within ELU. I will be needing more than 600 characters for sure. Do I answer my own question and put it there?

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    Post an answer might be best, or edit your question and include your reflections. Although I think it's already overlong to begin with, but that's MO.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 14, 2015 at 8:37
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    I would recommend that a substantial edit to a question after an answer has been received is generally Not A Good Thing To Do.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Oct 14, 2015 at 9:25

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You don't respond, especially if the response is that long. Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum.

More in the way of discussion is inherent in Meta, but a post which is longer than 600 characters should really be crafted into its own entity. A response that long to an answer implies a contrary view; a response that long to a question implies it's really an answer.

Answer your own question with the answer you think it should have, and let the community vote on the alternatives thus presented.

  • Thank you for the response. To be clear, this applies equally to meta? There is a discussion tag built into the software. I think there is some confusion as to this point among experienced users, as it is quickly becoming a heated topic in the question I linked to above. Oct 14, 2015 at 9:17
  • @Albatrosspro Clarified in the answer.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Oct 14, 2015 at 9:23
  • @Albatrosspro: I'm coming late to this .. um .. discussion. I noticed that you answered your question and then deleted it, thereby making it visible only to people with high points. Was that the intent? In any event, I haven't gone through all the discussion (tl;dr) yet, so I'm not really sure whether I have anything to say on whatever the topic turns out to be. Surely there are problems with the SE model here; but there are problems with the group, and with the clientele, as well. To say nothing of problems with English grammar and usage. Oct 15, 2015 at 15:45
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    @John Lawler I had no idea that deleted answers are still visible to some users! Oops. I simply wanted to get rid of it. Oct 17, 2015 at 9:10

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