We occasionally have questions that tend to accrue partial answers over time. A common motif is a question about an ongoing series, which gets more and more answers as the series progresses. The example that triggered my meta question here is What plot differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series and the books?, but we've had a few about Doctor Who with similar issues.
On the flip side, these questions are perfectly legitimate. Furthermore, they're good at drawing traffic to the site, and we get valuable contributions from new users that way.
On the dark side, not all of the answers are good. It's easy to deal with one-liners that don't really add information (flag them as “not an answer”, and a moderator will delete them). That still often leaves a large number of answers that partially answer the question. A post that gathers them all into a coherent whole would be much more awesome.
Keeping in mind that our goals are (in this order)
- having great answers,
- welcoming new users,
how should we (as a community) deal with these questions?