This is related to this post on questions answered in comments, but different in that the site won't let me.
The question in.. question is this. The answer is fairly simple in that 'Parameter' is an apt, canonical, general term for the type of term that my question exhibited. I would like to add this as an answer and link to the comment that made the suggestion.
The problem is that the simple answer automatically gets delegated to a comment for being too simple.
The question therefore is, what is the protocol for answering this type of question? Should it be closed? Does the answerer need to flag a moderator as seemingly implied here?