I don't usually go over to the meta side of things. but I was surprised at the comment my comment got. And when talking about comments on comments, meta seems to be the place to go.
So when I suggested this for 'For what foods is a microwave a preferred method of cooking?', I was told that
The whole 1 per answer is actually discouraged. This site isn't meant for polls. In particular it doesn't scale well.
I checked the FAQ, and all I see is the standard 'subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion' list. I get that the original question - being subjective - may fall under what's 'discouraged' but I don't get how answering the subjective questions that are allowed in a one per answer manner is (or should be) discouraged.
From what I can tell, it's a good model that has worked on other stack sites.
So Is food and cooking different in this regard? Is the 'one per' method actually discouraged? If so, where?
Update: Just a new thought - I wonder what the response would have been if I had synthesized the 'best' (in my view of course) answers into mine? Or taken another answer (it was already CW) and added to it? Would I have had another moderator telling me I was doing it wrong?
Related meta question: Should questions that have a list of answers be allowed?