I have written a few well received answers concerning rice. Why is cooking rice so complicated?; "Instant" leftover rice? Making leftover-like rice without the wait? (as in for fried rice); Rice gets burnt and watery; even How do I get rid of bugs in rice? It's not a big surprise, I jump on rice questions because rice is something I know very well.
Always somebody comes along and recommends microwaving it.
I like to experiment (you probably have figured that out) so I have tried it several times. I have tried every method I've seen written here or elsewhere to microwave rice. Microwaving rice produces cooked rice that is inferior to the steaming or pilaf method. I even have pictures :)
So, I want to ask, "Can I make good rice in the microwave?" At the same time, I'd post an answer (without "accepting" it). "No". I'd show a few pictures. I'd point out it makes good fried rice if cooked in the microwave. I'd also point out that the microwave doesn't necessarily save any time (more pictures).
I'd end the question with a challenge. I'll upvote any answer that provides a method that improves the results of microwaving rice. I'd accept an answer that that actually makes rice that's as good as "traditionally" cooked.
Done this way, the question (and my answer) is likely to inspire argument. I'm hoping that it would also help people to master rice. It ain't rocket surgery.
It's a bit different to go about a Q&A this way. Advice?
EDIT: How about, "Why doesn't microwaved rice taste as good?"