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I do not like the assumption that answers are not drawing on experience. My experience with being pestered about explicitly certifying that my answer is drawn from my own experience is that I don't like it. That practice has mostly put me off answering questions. Additionally, it has not led to positive interactions with mods or other users. Evidence of ...


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The purpose of GS/BS is to enable meaningful voting behaviors. That’s it: to make sure that the Stack Exchange system actually works, actually filters out noise and highlights strong signals. Can an expert judge the quality of this answer and how well it will likely help those who have the question? Or is impossible to judge because it’s just an expression ...


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There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but care needs to be taken in how it is presented Good answers frequently include contextual information above and beyond what is directly asked by the question, including analysis about the relative merits and value of rules and options in question. The additional information helps the querent make fully informed ...


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Too Many Words for a post notice: be concise Let's do some liposuction on the proposed post notice: Answers should be supported using evidence and/or experience. See citation expectations for subjective answers and guidance for subjective answers. Please cite experience (your own or someone else's) to show how your solution worked out in practice. This ...


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Can we stop already? We literally do not need to discuss this. We do not need examples, we certainly don’t need an exhaustive list, we don’t even need rules. The GS/BS guidelines are exactly that, guidelines, and they work well. We don’t have any large problem with answers that are insufficiently backed up. If we have any problem, it’s with people beating ...


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An advisory rather than a warning This answer could be improved if you were able to cite experience (your own or someone else's) to help users judge whether it fits their situation or not. This post provides excellent advice on how to do so.


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For what it’s worth, in many cases, I consider it unacceptable to leave such information unstated. Tone, keeping tangents to a minimum, and so on are certainly all considerations, and serve as back-pressure to encourage limits on how much of it appears, but there are many times where I feel that something must be said. In extreme cases, I would even downvote ...


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Good subjective bad subjective is sufficient for a good answer, but not necessary. I find getting prodded on the issue unpleasant As detailed in a previous answer about this issue. At least a few others find it unpleasant as well. Some examples of good answers that don't explicitly certify personal experience Good answer without attesting personal ...


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Back to Stack Basics Guidelines have already been provided. We have a thorough explanation of those already, but the original SO/SE guidelines have been good enough since this site was initiated. Encourage authors to "back it up" in a comment where there is a lack of support; include links to these two guidelines that already covered the "...


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I have been thinking about this issue for a long time, because it has irritated me for a long time. But I have not been aggressive about it (by my definition of aggressive, anyway-- your mileages may vary) because: I do understand the desire, and agree in large part agree with the need, to prevent the site from degenerating into a freeform brainstorming ...


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Just to demonstrate: I have marked this post with our current “citation needed” post notice. It currently covers objective citations perfectly well. The post notice we're asking about will be a sibling to this one, and will be applied by a moderator when a post strongly needs subjective citation added (for example: “here, try this to fix your social issues, ...


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Moderator proposal: All answers must be supported by citing evidence or experience. Please review our citation expectations for subjective answers, as well as our guidance for asking and answering subjective questions. When recommending a course of action, you should cite experience (either your own, or someone else's) of how your recommended solution has ...


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Don't 'enforce it' but do recommend it I really like it when I see a question end with a link to the good subjective / bad subjective post (indeed I find links to 'how to stackexchange good' content are brilliant), and have seen some really good answers which have clearly benefited from that advice. Equally I have seen answers which don't cite any ...


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Back to Stack Basics GSBS guidelines: we have those already. Encourage "back it up" with a link to those guidelines. This is never a bad idea. Some authors will upgrade their answers, some will not. The post notice that is in work should also help in raising awareness of the better ways to answer GS/BS questions. Let the votes work. If the ...


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