I've asked my first question on Politics today, and I'm not very happy with the first couple of answers that I received. Don't get me wrong, both answers are helpful, I appreciate the answerers' time & effort, and it might just be that it's the question's fault, but I'd very much prefer if both answers were backed by solid references. To the point that I think we should add a "back it up" rule in our FAQ.
How should I answer?
Make sure your answer adds helpful information and is a complete, stand-alone answer. Read other answers first and be sure not to completely restate information that has already been posted.
Please note that answers should be backed up either with a reference, or experiences that happened to you personally. You should always include in your answer information about why you think your answer is correct.
The personal experiences bit might not be very relevant to Politics, but given that politics is often controversial, I think establishing a clear policy for references in answers early on will be essential for the site. Adding the rule in The Workplace's FAQ had a positive effect on the site (as far as I can tell).
Skeptics has similar (and perhaps stricter) policies:
- FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?
- Pseudo-answers are the enemy
- Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers?
And we already have a couple of related Meta discussions on Politics:
- How to handle open-ended questions seeking opinion based answers
- What should be considered opinionated?