Recently, we had a pretty heated series of discussions about the deletion of old questions that are informative, but would be tossed aside if they were asked today. From this, several software changes were made to SO (and some are still pending), and the moderators adopted some policy changes about how they deal with such questions.
I'm not interested in whether you like the eventual outcome. I don't care about which side of the argument you are on. My question is this:
How do you feel about the process itself? What do you think of the methodology used to come to this conclusion?
Specifically, I would like to know the following:
Do you feel that the process proceeded fairly for all involved? If so, in what ways can you cite where there was clear fairness to one or more sides? If not, then in what ways was the process unfair to one or more sides? Please try to provide specific examples no matter how you answer.
Do you feel that the conclusion and general resolution proceeded logically from the substance of the discussion? That is, do you feel the resolution came from things brought up in the discussion, that the various discussions were moving towards the resolution? Or did the resolution seem to come from out of left field, that the substance of the discussion did not contribute to the outcome?
Do you feel that the conclusion and general resolution was a result to the substance of the discussion or a response to the vehemence of the discussion? That is, do you think that the louder or more prolonged argument win or the better, more effective argument win?
After having been through this process, how has your opinion of Meta Stack Overflow changed? Do you respect the site as a place for making policy more than you did before or less? Or is it the same as before? Explain why in either case. What makes you feel this way? Is it the outcome itself that makes you feel this way, or the process that went into achieving it?
The goal with this is to gauge the community's feelings about the discussion itself.
A reminder: This question is about the process itself, not the conclusion!