I am often one to request that the guidelines be clarified where they could be clearer. They are often fairly clear for most cases, but create confusion by neglecting to mention edge cases. Take for example the issue of misc information on tracklists. I think that because this issue isn’t mentioned specifically in the guidelines, but the related issue of extra title information is, it’s easy to confuse one for the other. But that is a separate discussion.
The way I think this should work is that when an editor comes up with a question that isn’t clearly answered in the guidelines, the editor should consult the community and have it clarified in the guidelines, even if the editor could have simply guessed the reasonable thing to do and probably have been right. The purpose of the guidelines should be taken into account when interpreting them, but if they can be clarified, that’s even better.
I get the feeling that there are many de facto standards for small things like this that aren’t clearly codified in the style guidelines. For a case like this, I would like to add a few clarifying sentences or a subsection to the guidelines. But since I rarely see others vouching for changing the guidelines, I would like to hear if there’s any principal opposition to guideline changes like them. Will it clutter up their guidelines? Should editors just use their common sense? Is the issue simply that no one bothers to open a ticket?