I'd like to know what you'd think about having a way to start Node-RED without actually running the flows. This would be interesting in cases like:
- you have messed up with the flow and wants to fix
- you have a misbehaving node and wants to remove it or fix its configuration
- you want to check how is the flow programmed without actually running it (in case the flow connects to other systems or performs changes to the file system)
The trigger for it could be a flag in the command line, an environment variable, or even a setting in the settings file (although this last option could be a bit confusing). The flow editor could then show a dialog in this case, similar to the one shown when there's a missing node. It would then start running by manually deploying it again.
These are only some ideas, and in the case you think it's a good idea, I could contribute with the code for that.