Partially related to this Meta Question
I will admit up front that this meta question will seem self serving.
On the main, there is a much maligned question that is appropriately downvoted:
While there is a good core to the question, it is burdened with a lot of unnecessary portions that are not pertinent to the matter at hand. Efforts to edit the question down to the core led to contention with the author, with heated argument over the importance of the surrounding material. I assume that further edits would result in a pitched back and forth fight through rollbacks.
What is the appropriate method to salvage the question, or should it be discarded as a lost cause?