Is this question salvageable?
I see multiple, severe problems with this old question from 2008 and I am tempted to delete it outright -- primarily because the most highly voted answers read more like blog rants than actual "answers".
But I wanted to get the community's feedback first. What say you?
edit: I decided to clean up and merge all these "sections" into one answer. I'll leave a comment on the post pointing back here.