Short summary of events:
- The question was asking what the RAI was behind worn items being fireproof.
- An answer arrived providing reasonable speculation without citation.
- After some brief back-and-forth with the asker, the question was clarified. (At the time of writing, all comments remain undeleted, so the full history of that brief exchange is visible.)
According to prior discussions on this topic (primarily Are questions of designer intent on-topic for this site?, also Rules-as-intended and designer intent) our community stance is that when a question is investigating designer intent, we expect answers to cite clear evidence of what the designer intent is. Reverse-engineered speculation is generally not accepted. So, that question now requests citation. That's standard practice.
In this case I gave the benefit of the doubt that maybe "they haven't said anything, here's the obvious reason" might be a reasonable way to answer the question, sort of like a frame challenge. That might have been a bad call. I was also interested in seeing whether it would be well-received, but that's been distorted by the question having hit HNQ.
There have been a handful of comments and flags (all from different users) raising concern about the question's quality and its current course.
So I'd like your input on what to do here. Do we:
- Leave it open as-is?
- Purge the answers that don't provide citation (all of them) and carry on as we normally do for questions investigating designer reasons (strictly require citation as a baseline, reject uncited speculation completely and remove it)?
- Revert the question to its first revision and close it as not workable on the site?
- Something else?
I don't personally care about purging the answers if our site quality materially stands to benefit — if we deem they're not above our quality bar we don't stand to benefit from keeping them, and reputation points can be replaced some other time.
Following up on this: the question's been community-reopened. Only one answer remained undeleted, and was removed for not providing designer citation & consisting of speculation.
My take-away is the community here has affirmed a desire for cited designer reasons on questions that request designer reasoning/intent/etc. We cannot accept personal speculation. As an extension of that, we also cannot accept answers of the form “they didn't say anything, so here's my speculation instead” since it simply becomes an avenue to provide speculation we don't want to gather. If there's no designer commentary available, the question can remain unanswered until it is available.