For context, I'm thinking of these two:
While the second question is answered by the answer to the first, I think that there are a couple of failings of such broad answers:
- not all lenses are going to be included. Pentax - a major manufacturer - is absent, and checking my shelf, other missing makes are: Zeiss (of several different eras/mounts), Cosina/Voigtländer, and Bronica. Leica lenses would require an answer at least as long as the existing one. It doesn't seem feasible t expand the answer to be all-inclusive.
- many aspects of particular mounts/lenses are ignored or glossed over, but which are likely to be important for buying/using those lenses. For example, mount incompatibilities.
A community wiki is one solution, but I think not the best one; there are concrete answers to these questions, and secondly because people are likely going to be after specific information. A Canon user is unlikely going to be interested in the details of Nikon's nomenclature. I think we could get some very useful and very high-quality answers about specific brands, maybe we should let those evolve, at least for a while?