I'm fairly new to Stack Exchange, so I'm not clear what the etiquette would be in this situation. I've been trying to help on a question which felt like it was starting to degenerate into an edit/compile loop.
this is the kind of thing that works well on the developerforce boards, but it doesn't seem very useful in the stack exchange format, as a lot of information is buried in the comments.
In this particular case, the question was tidied up and @metadaddy advised me to create an answer, but I'm curious as to what I should do going forward. It didn't feel like I was answering the question, more providing a series of reactive tips.