The topic was deleted by the author, I would assume as a reaction to the frustration some of us expressed at the way in which the discussion was raised and carried.
To be clear, nobody asked or implied that the topic should be deleted, as we obviously don't think that disappearing topics is the way to solve disagreements.
Personally, I don't think anything catastrophic happened. There were a couple of posts where I raised an eyebrow, and I think the general tone could have been more constructive. Having said that, I just don't think it's worthwhile to get offended over a topic about improving the documentation. Hopefully everyone made some mental notes and we all walked away having learned something about having more-productive discussions with other people across the highly-imperfect medium that is text. [As a side note, this was still nowhere near as bad as many of the political discussions I see on Facebook]. As far as I'm concerned, there is no need for anymore meta-discussion about who should have said what in a nicer way.
As far as bringing the topic back, this would require splicing in a database backup, which is too much work to be worthwhile (as much as Paul
was jumping at the opportunity to spend a few hours of his life doing it). We do have screenshots, so will post those, and just carry on the discussion from there.
A couple of deep breaths, and back to work we go.