This is about the following question: What do I need to configure, to make sure my software uses /dev/urandom?
Please critique the question. If you believe it has violated any rules, please cite the rule that it violates, with a citation or link to the rule.
One person mentioned they believe that my request for "one piece of software per answer" violates the StackExchange rules. I've researched the rules, and as best as I can tell, I have not found any rule that it violates. I also believe the format is better for the community -- or, at least, that some deference should be provided to the question-asker when there is no clear reason to object to it.
I've read the faq, and I don't see anything in the FAQ that this violates. This is an actual problem to be solved; it is not open-ended or hypothetical; it is not a rant; my answer is not provided along with the question; and not all answers are equally valid. Indeed, some answers may be more useful to people than others. Also, some answers may be more accurate than others. For these reasons, I think it is useful to be able to vote separately on each answer, or to downvote those answers that are incorrect.
I understand that questions like "Can you provide a list of all books on computer security?" are not a good fit for our community, because they are too subjective. This sometimes is summarized by saying Infinite List of X questions are bad. However I don't think those criticisms apply to this particular question.
Is this an Infinite List of X question? The term is frankly not defined, except by example, so I don't think it makes sense to mindlessly dismiss my question as Infinite List of X. Instead, we have to look at the examples and the arguments given why Infinite List of X questions are bad. Typically, the criticisms mention polls or surveys, which are indeed problematic; but I don't think they are analogous to my question. One reason sometimes given why Infinite List of X questions are bad is that "every answer is equally valid" or "there are zero meaningful criteria for evaluation"; I don't think that applies to my question, as explained above. Another criticism that's mentioned is that these questions are often "copy-pasted content, not original contributions", but that's not relevant to my question.
Should the question and all answers be deleted entirely? Would it be better to not have the information on this site, than to have it in this format?
Added 5/1: Well, that was fast. 11 hours after this question was posted, my answers were forcibly edited to merge them (without my permission), and my question was edited to change it. So I guess that means this discussion topic is now closed, and the community has spoken. Got it.
I would have liked the chance to respond to some of the latest comments in this discussion, but I guess that's now irrelevant. (And I'll point out that still no one has cited any rule that my original question violated.) Oh well.