As Szabolcs mentioned in his comment, the question contains a lot of good stuff to reference. But, I hesitate to suggest migrating it because it is poorly focused and difficult to find the information you are looking for. There is little to no opportunity for competing answers in its current state, so that different ways of doing things cannot easily be expressed. This cuts across one of the time honored traditions in this community: posting the 15 and 1 ways of doing something as answers. Yes, there does exist at least one example of competing methods (first answer, second answer), but it took me months to notice the second answer as it is buried among everything else, including in the second answer.
I think the better option is to ask focused questions where the answers could be reproduced here.