Imagine the situation that I have some text which I would like to have available when working on this site. And also I am very comfortable with using MarkDown+MathJax syntax.
Would creating a question (maybe together with an answer or several answers) and deleting it - and using it for the purpose to use it as place for my personal notes - be considered as misuse of the site?
I am still aware that it would be probably more natural to use some external editor. The advantages I can see here would be that I could share the post with other 10k+ users. And another advantage would be that I would have things handy when working on this site. Another minor advantage compared to other editors is the automatic conversion of site links to question titles. The disadvantage would be that I can't share the post with users outside math.SE and even with users on math.SE below 10k. (But it is still possible to copy the source into another editor.)
Let me also say that I am experimenting with using StackEdit for similar purposes. I was just wondering what would be community opinion on usage of this site in this way? (Although I think I can guess the probable answer.)
From the viewpoints of the site
I am aware that adding new posts requires resources. But not even most prolific posters do not create enough text for this to be relevant.
From the viewpoints of other users
Unless I share link to the post with some other users, they probably would not even notice that such post exists. But such post would definitely do not disturb frontpage and other lists of questions.
Some hypothetical examples
Examples where such pages would be used for purpose related to math.SE:
- Let us say that I have written an answer which I do not want to post. (Either because I was not able to finish or because somebody posted a similar answer sooner than me.) But I still want to save it somewhere, because I want later get to this answer. So I could create a question (and immediately delete it), which would serve as my personal sandbox or draft repository.
- Annotated lists of duplicates. It is general accepted that when closing as duplicates, we should choose the best possible duplicate rather than the oldest one. Decision is not always simple. So I could imagine having somewhere lists of duplicates of some questions with some comments. (Like "This post has also answer to the generalization." or "This post specifically asks for proof using induction." or "This question was edited, some of the answers was edited and some of the answers address the original question.")
- There were several questions on meta about creating various lists, like this question or other posts linked there. Some of them were received better, some of them not so well. If a user suggesting creating a list post a questions and some answers, would it be ok if they continue editing such question if it is deleted?
Examples of possible personal uses
- Some users maintain list of favorite questions in their profiles or in favorites. In this way, I could be able to create such list which is better categorized.
- Let us say I am writing some notes on some topic for my personal use. And I find out that many posts on this site are useful for me. Then I can simply write the notes here on site.
- There were some discussions on meta about creating lists of exercises and their solution for a particular book in math.SE post. For example, this question and maybe some of the posts linked there. Outcome of those discussions was that such posts are not on-topic here. Would creating such list in a deleted question would be ok?