Something that I've been thinking about: what should be considered a standard? With the introduction of the standards tag, it is very important that we reach a clear understanding about this.
The site is driven by the community, which means that literally anyone can make suggestions and propose standards. The good thing is there are already standards created by the broader community at http://meta.stackoverflow.com and http://meta.stackexchange.com. If we're in doubt about something, we can assume that by default we inherit the existing rules and standards.
But at what point can something we ourselves propose be considered a standard in our community? What should be the process for that, given that the community is still growing and there aren't that many active Meta members?
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that someone creates a Meta question named "Formatting of config file names", with the following text:
I think it's a good idea to mark config file names with a distinct formatting style. It would be great to agree on using the same style everywhere. Should it be bold, italic, code, or something else?
Another user comes along and leaves an answer:
I find that the best way is to use bold formatting: Sitecore.Analytics.config.
The answer may also go on to explain why this should be considered the best practice.
The answer gets 2 or 3 upvotes, no one adds other answers, the author marks the answer as accepted.
Can this be considered a standard now? If yes, then why? Is it because of the lack of opposing view points? Or because there are some upvotes?
A more important question is, can this standard now be enforced? If a user on http://sitecore.stackexchange.com likes to use other formatting for config file names, should other users override the author's preferred formatting and point out there's a standard in place?