Since no one has posted an answer (ahem), allow me to copy suggest that we:
Revert the recent edits
Close the question
Put a historical lock on it
This allows us to make no changes to the answers or associated duplicate questions.
This is definitely the cleanest approach, and I'm particularly inclined toward it given the OP's approval in comments above (...
I think the approach I'd recommend is similar to yours, but perhaps my reasoning will be helpful to share.
In general, we have the same problems with new-user answers on off-topic questions as we do on on-topic ones. They come in three types:
Not an answer
Doesn't address the question
Doesn't attempt to represent the viewpoint requested
"Thank you" only
I recently came to this site from RPG.SE. This site allows WAY more comment discussion than that one does, and is much kinder about comment cleanup. What I see as the results of this are:
People are more relaxed
New users are much more likely to visit the help center and much less likely to rage-implode after their question is closed and they decide the '...
On https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/6635/was-george-w-bush-a-prophet, I wonder if we could edit that into a decent question (with the extant answer) by changing it to:
"What differentiates a prophet from any person who 'hears from God'?"
As an example, George W. Bush...
In this case, I'd prefer that the question was flagged and not necessarily the answer. I don't see the point in deleting every new users answer. People who answer questions are a bit more likely to register and become valuable contributors.
That's not to say no answers should be deleted, but if someone can reasonably interpret a broad question, or a ...
The question appears to be, "What is the Protestant's Authoritative Source of Revelation."
The author posits a straw man in saying that anyone can interpret the Scriptures any way they want. The Protestant laity are asked to submit to the elders of their church. There is church discipline, etc. None of that appears represented in the question or the ...