Are long comment threads on meta questions discussing issues directly pertinent to the question considered bad, even if they do not become repetitive? I know this is considered bad on main...but meta is different (for example, comments are hardly ever deleted by moderators on meta).
In this question, the original poster (Lord of Time) seems to have expressed the wish that mateo_salta and I stop our back-and-forth argument. The OP has also claimed, strangely, that "argument is counter-intuitive here" (even though it's meta and the question is tagged
What is the right thing to do here?
In this situation, it seems wrong to continue the argument (in that place), given the OP's expressed desire not to do so. The OP gets a notification for every comment, which is one of the OP's expressed reasons for not wanting to do this.
Still, what options are available for discussing a complex site-related issue that is relevant to a large number of people? Should we move this to chat? I would be quite happy to do this, but I feel it might not be the best option because we have both made important points which deserve to retain visibility to anyone visiting the meta question. I don't want to move this to chat if that's not the right thing to do in this situation.
- Please note that I do not have a bone to pick with Lord of Time (or anyone else), and I do not want to disrespect Lord of Time or any other participant in that discussion. I am posting about this here because I feel that it would expressly violate Lord of Time's wishes (and appear argumentative, or even combative) for me to ask about it there; because it's a site-related support question so it deserves its own meta question; and because I am unsure what to do, so I am consulting others. Lord of Time should feel welcome to post an answer to this question (or not).
I assume there is some "right" answer for what I should do here, which more experienced users and moderators know. So I am not tagging this
discussion. Anyone who feels they know the answer should feel free to post it, but I don't want to turn this into an extended "meta meta discussion" of this meta question.