Here, I proposed a general canonical question, because we were getting a large number of more specific variants of it. Comments and answers were all-round positive - "yeh, we should have that for this case".
Here I went ahead and asked the general question I have previously proposed and discussed on meta, as mentioned above. Immediately it got smacked down as a duplicate of one of its particular instances.
I would have been fine with that if we ever treated any of the particular instances of the question as "canonical", and closed other similar questions as duplicates of it. But we don't. If we close them, it's for "off topic - what to write" or "off-topic - opinion-based".
Now, of course a canonical question is a duplicate of all its particular instances. That's the whole point. But if we don't want the canonical question,
What was the point of supporting the idea when I proposed it?
How do we solve the problem the canonical question was supposed to solve, without having a canonical question?
Some logical consensus, please?