Today a added information regarding
unimath-symbols to the top answer of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character?. @Speravir objected that I am significantly changing a non-CW question and should better add additional information as a separate answer instead. Instead of having a long discussion in the comments to that question, I'd like to discuss here how to treat that question.
Undoubtedly, the How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character? is one of the most important questions on this site. We link constantly to it, making it the top “faq-question“. Ideally such a question should have a canonical answer that contains everything one needs to know about it. Usually we do that by adding a CW summary answer, but unfortunately that question doesn't have one. (It is the 14th post¹ ever written on the site, so it is understandable that it wasn't handled in the best way.)
The OP of this question hasn't been around since last October, so we can't just add a CW answer now as it will never get accepted. The owner of the accepted answer is @Rebekah who last visited the site in May (so there is some hope that she can be reached if necessary). Nearly all of here reputation comes from this answer. The answer currently has 153 votes and the second highest answer has 42. So it will be very hard for any additional answer to rise to the top.
So, what should we do to improve this question?
- Make Rebekah's answer CW. (Will that rob her of nearly all her reputation?)
- Treat Rebehak's answer as CW without actually making it CW.
- Add a new CW answer and try to gather enough upvote?
- Something else?
¹ If I haven't miscounted it is question number 8. As an interesting side note, the second question posted on TeX.SX is closed as a duplicate.