First of all, the question linked below is just to illustrate my more general concerns.

After this question Which plugin should I use to get started with Jenkins to manage mainframe components in PDS format? which has a real value for a canonical point of view.
I've the feeling we have a problem trying to create canonical questions.

The problem I see here is that it miss a practical goal. There's no clue of what is intended to do with jenkins, which by nature is very volatile from just linting jobs to Continuous Delivery pipeline.

I assume this is due to the wish to create a canonical question from problems encountered or question we had ourselves and willing to write them in a less 'personal' way so they are useful to more people.

There's others examples which have the same kind of problem in my opinion.

What I fear is that either answers will be very long (if they fit in 30k chars) or that it will attract a bunch of vague answers on what is better to do on answer's author opinion, not exactly addressing the concerns and/or missing part of the question by focusing on only one point.

While we can downvote, and then delete bad answers, this may create a lot of clean up work which would be better spend elsewhere.

So my question is: should we not aim at more focused and practical questions to avoid this ?

Like those:

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    Interesting question, but before posting "my" recommendation ("some day"), I suggest you try to rework your 2nd parg (with the 4 inks) in it. Even if it was only to avoid your question looses (some) value if (eg) "I" would delete "my" comment you linked to (just include a reevant quote here?). And maybe also relace the "other", "which" and "kind" link-titles with the actual titles of what they link to (just in case these linked questions get deleted). Just a suggestion ...
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 11:44
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    @Pierre.Vriens I hope you don't feel targeted personally , my concerns are really on the questions format. I'll see how to reword this after lunch. I'm probably formatted by meta SO where linking multiples questions on a sentence is ´usual' but I see why it could be bad here.
    – Tensibai
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 11:48
  • Don't worry, I don't feel like so (if ever needed I'll "say what I think ... that is my REAL rep ...). And my "delete my own comment" from before (now deleted), was only to bring to your attention the "feature flag/toggle"-link thing (= delete of my own comment) that I could "use" (abuse?) to ruin part of your question here (which is definitely not what "I" plan to do, though some day a mod may do so instead of me ...). About meta.SO: I'm waiting for a miracle to happen there some day (contact me for details if needed),
    – Pierre.Vriens Mod
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 14:58


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