So almost 8 months ago I wrote a decently popular riddle. It enjoyed some pretty decent activity, garnered enough upvotes to be instrumental in me getting out of Low-Rep Hell. However, it is still unanswered.
Despite the fact I am still reasonably proud of it, I have horribly botched its execution. I released hints too early and too rapidly, introduced new elements in (obtuse and cryptic) hints, my clear demarcation between fluff and crunch wasn't so clear to many answerers, and - worst of all - I tried to pull off two puzzles at once (sort of).
I have made a load of mistakes, and I feel some of them might be interesting to analyze and prove useful to other would-be posters. However, I'm not exactly sure if anyone would bother reading that (or if I would botch the analysis too, or write it in such a way it would be a pain to read).
My question is: which of the following actions should I take?
Do nothing and hope somebody answers the puzzle.
Provide the intended answer and explain the hints.
Provide the intended answer, explain the hints, and write a separate postmortem about the mistakes on Meta.
Provide the intended answer, explain the hints, explain the mistakes in the answer.
EDIT: it is done.