Is there a preferred word or common short phrase (or multiple) for a proposal made to a second party or group that is merely a first draft, intentionally hasty and likely poor quality, in order to spur discussion, and in the hope that the proposal would be improved collaboratively thereafter?
- stab - Often styled "take a stab" or "first stab." My main beef with this is it isn't clear that it is intended as a proposal before a 2nd party or group.
- first take - About the same status as "stab." From film terminology.
- first cut - Ditto first take.
- strawman - I actually use this term often for this situation. It's not the standard usage of "strawman." However the analogy of an actual straw man or dummy is apt, because it designates an argument or proposal that is intended to be easy to refute, or figuratively knock down. But in this case rather than knock down because it is from an opponent, it is to be knocked down in order to give the group something to discuss, likely find fault with, and improve. Still, I don't like to misuse a term, and this feels like a bit of a misuse, or at least not a commonly accepted definition.
Due to the deficiencies mentioned in the above terms, I am still on the lookout for a better term. Or confirmation that one of the above really is a (the?) preferred term.