You keep assuming way too much about others.
Which ‘edit’ did I link to?
I accept attribution. You are misrepresenting my points.
I just do not accept that the “experts” own the platform. When there are several answers then it should be possible to combine them or otherwise edit them if this is easier for future readers (or otherwise some answers should be deleted). The same is true for recombining questions. Compare it with an edited book rather than an article. Of course attribution should be done well.
anyway most questions do not need more than a couple answers while some of the top questions have more than a page of answers. That’s the problem I wish to address.
a related issue that occurs on stats.SE is where people are often answering questions partially or indirectly in the comments. Those questions end up dead or asleep because the OP has their problem solved based on comments and nobody is gonna write a full answer or provide in some way a summary.
The problem is that some (or a lot) people that passby and might want to turn those comments into answers are reluctant to use those comments from others (even with attribution, there is no reluctance on that point)… because of the scoring/reputation. This really blocks the clean up of questions and transfer of one or more comments into answers, while in principle there should be no objection to it.
Practical example of both cases:
Expansions of iterated, or nested, derivatives, or vectors–conjectured matrix computation
This questions on mathoverflow has somebody turning comments into an answer. Then later a 2nd answer is given. Eventually a 3rd answer is given.
For the reader it would have been better when these answers would be combined. Or the least thing that would be nice is when they are presented in chronological order. (more nice is when they have some additional layout explaining the relation better).
This is not an exceptional example. also, Mathoverflow is full of academics but it is more blocked by the kudo system and the egocentered posting system than that worry about their name attribution. (related: who do you think write the hardcore science-oriented wikipedia articles? Non-experts?)
So one way to facilitate this (I am just brainstorming now) would be if one could write a sort of community wiki that encapsulates other answers. E.g. on the top is a box that expresses that the present answer is a combination of previous answers and presents a list of authors and links to those previous answers.