I've posted a question here that has spurred much debate and made me wish it could be worded differently for clarity. It's already quite long so if I keep adding to it, reader fatigue will set in. Unfortunately so many answers take direct quotes from the question itself that even a small re-write would make whole answers completely invalid, despite their already huge amount of votes. It doesn't seem right to just abandon the question and ask a new one on the same topic, but it also doesn't seem right to "ninja" the validity away from those already posted answers.
I also don't feel that the question has been answered to the standards I set for it, and the re-write would allow me to define things in a way that may be more accessible and understandable. However, much of the debate that has happened on it has progressed the topic and it would be a shame to lose the history of that conversation by simply dropping it for a new question, or heavily editing it so those conversations become out-of-context.
What's the best course of action here?