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Yes, answers should be backed up. However, I think that absolutely requiring references for all answers, as Skeptics does, is not suitable for our site. On the one hand, always requiring references is too much. There is a key difference between us and Skeptics. On Skeptics, every question probably has one and only one answer that can be backed up up with ...


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When it comes to identifying the "argument from authority" fallacy, then there is one thing one needs to pay attention to: Is the author using the authority as a source for a fact or for an opinion? For example, let's take these two statements: According to this article from DailyDogMagazine, cats are the worst pets of all. According to this article from ...


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If someone flagged an answer like that for deletion, I would decline that flag almost 100% of the time. As long as your answer looks like it's trying to help the OP solve his underlying problem(on politics.SE, it's usually to understand an issue) then you should be fine. As for whether I would be inclined upvote or downvote that answer, however, is a ...


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I have been asking for a comments-only lock for years. There might be some hope we will eventually get one. Right now, however, I'm afraid there is no good solution. The answer produced an inordinate amount of comments that violated our commenting guidelines. There were two requests for commenters to continue the discussion in chat, but unfortunately, both ...


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One important property of a good answer is that people have reason to be confident in its correctness. We need a reason to believe that the answerer's premises and reasoning are valid, and references are a good way of validating the premises and reasoning in an answer. Most people here seem to agree that references should be required for an answer, but I ...


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There are two possible solutions, but in my experience, all roads lead to Meta. Solution 1 is to raise a Meta question, like this one, asking whether the answer should be deleted or not. This can spark further partisan arguments, but there will eventually come some sort of consensus on whether the community at large wants that answer or not - in the case of ...


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I mostly agree, this will also encourage the community to close questions that can't be answered with solid references. If a question is asking for pure speculation or opinion, it's probably not a constructive fit for the site. In fact, this may resolve some our current discussions regarding what should and should not be asked. With that being said, I don't ...


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Basically, flags should be used to signal moderators about severe problems that, indeed, require the moderator's intrusion — usually, by deletion the offending post. So your question turns into "is it appropriate to delete answers with unbacked (bold) statements or claims?" IMHO, the answer is — in most cases, no, since such posts do not violate the SE ...


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Voting to close and Answering are by nature contradictory actions. The very act of voting to close is saying that the question isn't worth writing an answer for. It's fine if you change your mind after making one of the actions. People change their minds sometimes. If this is the case, you have the option to undo your first action by rescinding your ...


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The question was "Why allow convicted criminals to vote?", and the answer described a reason why to allow criminals to vote. If you think the answer needs more to back it up, then leave a comment expressing your desire for more, and down-vote. And if the question ends up being as overwhelmingly up-voted as this one is, then you'll just have to deal with ...


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This problem is as old as Stack Exchange, I guess. In the end the question author has sole authority to decide which answer to accept. We can not override their decision, except by removing the answer altogether. What you can do is: Post a comment on the question where you express your concerns about their choice of accepted answer. Hope they reconsider. ...


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Images can be a powerful tool to make an answer more useful. A good picture can say more than a thousand words. But only if used correctly. Images which don't add useful information can be extremely distracting due to their eye-catching nature. So please don't add pictures to your questions and answers when they don't add any useful information.


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The answers should be down voted. Explain that the problem with the answer is not that it is necessarily wrong but that it is not explained well enough to be accepted as correct. Suggest points that should explained and referenced in order to make the answer acceptable.


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No No. Answers should be accepted if, in the OP's opinion, it is the best answer to their question. Comments are not a part of an answer. They are transitory elements that might eventually be deleted if they are no longer useful. If you accept an answer based on its comments, then what will you do once those comments are no longer available? Comments are ...


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References help avoid needless disputes, and are appropriate whenever users are relaying facts, findings, and ideas which did not originate with them. References are very useful, since a user might be misquoting something, or have misunderstood what it means; or it might be an authoritative reference that leaves little in doubt, or at least less doubt than ...


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One thing I'd suggest is to re-evaluate whether it is truly necessary to include things that you know are opinion based. It won't really change anything. As Britain never really sheltert refugees, due to their geographic position and (Warning: opinion-based) xenophobic tendencies. Do we really need to know why Britain doesn't shelter many refugees in ...


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I didn't delete it, but let's see what was wrong in the answer: First, look at your so-called "citations" (which, except for one, were links and not citations): A SciAm opinion article, that suffers from theee flaws: First, it's OPINION. Quoting an opinion article is not what people in science, usually consider "citation". Second, while it tries as hard ...


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Yes please. This is the only way to avoid overly opinionated answers. I like the approach on Skeptics where answers without references are just not allowed.


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I think the workplace method works well there and would help improve answers here. Saying what the answer is is not enough. You must explain why your answer is right. It eliminates one line and me too answers and helps to improve answers as a whole. That said good questions beget good answers. Bad questions beget bad answers. If you ask a ...


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In a subsequent comment to your question, you mention this other question, saying: The problem is worsening. [...] not only the question is incoherent but the answers aren't much better either To be clear, I agree the question isn't great. But however incoherent it may seem to you, and however laughably trivial it might be to those who might be both ...


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Okay, I'm not really in a place to type a lot - in a phone with limited access. Rest assured, better answer coming. It wasn't an answer (as Dj says) It did suck the air out for other questions I responded to a flag, and did not initiate. User1873, your style of polemic is beginning to grate on me, to the detriment of the site. You post so much opinion ...


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Discussing politics is already hard enough without adding juvenile attempts at humour to the mix. The image added nothing of value to your answer. If anything, it was an unnecessary distraction to an otherwise good answer. I would have also removed it.


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Yes, on Stack Exchange, we hate fun. It's been this way since the early days.


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I usually advocate the following standard on Science Fiction and Fantasy (surely, if it's not too onerous for that site, it can not be a burden here) for backing up answers that amount to "no", "no information", "don't know": Explain how you searched canonical info. In the context of Politics.SE that means: Did you search the text of laws (and how/which)? ...


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I have a problem with this specific meta question because it seems to suggest that there are people who are not biased or viewpoints which are not biased. I don't think such people or viewpoints can exist for political questions. I think what you really mean are people who are asking rhetorical questions because they already know the answer. Those people ...


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There's actually a gold badge for this: Populist, where your question gets way more upvotes than the accepted answer. You're not going to get away from it, sadly. Accepted answers are, by definition, solely within the purview of the OP, and indicate the approval of the OP as answering their question, biases and all. An accepted answer does not necessarily ...


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Disclaimer: I was involved in the quoted discussion, this particular comment was addressed to me. I agree with Philipp's answer: such answers/comments should be downvoted. I would like to add that I think it's useful to expose the contradictions that such fallacies entail, in order to make it clear that it's not the opinion which is downvoted, it's the ...


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First of all, it helps to receive your news from a diverse number of sources. Every news outlet has some political leanings which do affect what they report on and how they report on it. So if you rely only on news sources which align with your political ideology (or even worse: only read what people with your political ideology share on the internet) you ...


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