How does the questions limited to the scope of a nightly build of a ROM are helpful to site in long-run?
There are questions we receive that are more or less specific to a nightly build of a ROM. (In case one has never heard the term nightly build outside the scope of Android, I recommend reading wiki of Daily build.) By specific, I meant examples like the following ones:
- CM13 on Nexus 9: Any app that internally opens a webpage or otherwise uses System WebView crashes (record)
- https://android.stackexchange.com/q/134981/96277 (record)
- https://android.stackexchange.com/q/135350/96277 (record)
- Google Play app won't open on Cyanogenmod (record)
- CM 12.1 Nightly Mako Home Button Not Showing (record)
- Phone Screen Blackouts and respond only to Power Key Long Press (record)
- CM 12.1 Nexus 5 stuck on bootloop and recovery load-up (record)
- https://android.stackexchange.com/q/110751/96277 (record)
- https://android.stackexchange.com/q/112894/96277 (record)
- Installed CM12 on Sprint Galaxy S4, GAPPS crashing upon start (record)
- and the list goes on..
If I've to give a brief of those examples, I would say:
- individual or all apps crashes or gives ANR messages intermittently or repeatedly
- any or all of mobile data, Wi-Fi and bluetooth does not work
- encryption does not work correctly
- screen blackouts during usage, including but not limited to calls
- navigational button stops working
- the famous boot-loop or "optimizing apps" at startup followed by a reboot and repetition of same cycle
- texts not sent or received
A nightly is:
- a ROM in progress, updates often and users are supposed to use the latest version;
- supposed to be not used as a daily driver (a fact folks ignore), hence, ideally not meant for any user but for a tester who takes risk of losing their data;
- expected to have bugs which may or may not be severe, but in any case it is expected that users report bugs whenever encountered so that the latter gets fixed ASAP before a stable build for all end-users is released.
While nothing stop the issues mentioned in my example cases to occur on stock ROMs or stable builds of custom ROMs, the likelihood of occurrence of them is greater on nightly builds and are often solved in a next build or some other build in near future once reported to ROM's developers. As such, while we may not be losing anything by keeping such questions, I ask again:
- What long-term benefit does the site have from those questions?
- Is there a problem you also see or have I exaggerated the issue?
- As the title asks, what do you recommend for dealing with such questions, other than commenting?
Do note that nightly builds are updated at a faster pace. Possibility of a solution for a bug in a next release is also high if developer is aware of the issue. Once the next build fixes the issue, the question loses almost all of its usefulness.
This reminds me of the problem with shopping recommendations where the information definitely becomes obsolete in a matter of few months, if not weeks as in case of nightly builds here.
I noticed that the criteria of automatic deletion of a question isn't much helpful here.