I'm a math-nerd, not a lawyer, so I'm going to get everything here wrong, I'm sure.
USPTO, in supporting its purpose in encouraging innovation, says patents require "enablement" which allegedly is "teach a phosita to make and use the invention" outside of the claims.  Businesses do not EVER want to document their "magic smoke" so when they make patents they want it as obtuse as they can get away with, but allegedly they like to leave parts out so they aren't "instructing the competition".
Academia, as in academic publishing, is like the opposite of both of those in that the goal is to provide the "how to" very completely and disruptively, and without being rewarded a limited monopoly for the work.
Game theory says that I should do what the market does, tit-for-tat. There are multiple strategies and many players. If some folks make patents with holes, or unusably obtuse, then they aren't necessarily disclosing but they still get some form of limited monopoly. They also can make follow-on patents that cover the same actual material but disclose the other elements, and allow them to retain the monopoly longer than the 20 years allotted.
What is the correct approach, and can you back up or justify why it is correct?
Is there an indication in the 5% of patents that get licensed or 1% that get litigated on whether the hand-holding and complete teaching disclosure has an advantage in those areas? Is the relationship between enablement and claims a meaningful element when patents are tried? Do patent applications without the obtuse enablement get processed more quickly or are they more likely to be approved?
I personally prefer the more complete and simple enablement strategy. What I do want to do is to be able to put the assignee of a patent into the best possible position.
Thanks in advance, and I hope its okay if this question is a little philosophical. I originally asked in law but they voted to close it. Unlike the (kinder) stats admins (in cross-validated) who move it, the law-folks suggest I delete it there and then write it here. Also, they jump hard on the delete but I can only post once every 40 minutes here so that is a bit of a catch-22.