Hi Florian! Thanks for reading and responding.
I agree with your points about collaboration, solving problems, and dealing with diverging opinions. Developers should be working together and welcoming dissenting opinions!
The purpose of the checklist that I wrote about was that even in the presence of different opinions, at some point there needs to be a “accept” or “reject” decision, and those decisions should be based on criteria agreed upon upfront as a team. My view of a checklist isn’t “you must solve this problem in this way” — it's more “is the right problem being solved and do you have tests to prove it”. At least that was my intention.
I re-read what I wrote and I agree I could have emphasized that better. Thanks for the feedback!