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What are appropriate sources to reference in questions tagged [rules-as-written]?

I'm raising this question based on the discossion around these two questions. In the second question, the accepted answer references the Pathfinder FAQ, which is not considered RAW by some users.

The rules-as-written tag was edited out of the question, with the justification that the FAQ was not rules as written, and thus the question couldn't actually be asking for a rules as written answer if the accepted answer referenced the FAQ.

With this in mind, what are appropriate sources to use for an answer to a question tagged rules-as-written? I realize that this is going to be different for different systems, but what kind of guidelines should be used to figure out whether a certain source is RAW or not? Does the opinion of the company publishing the game matter, or the community at large, or just the individual querent?

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