I was reviewing Low Quality Posts this morning when I came across something I often encounter. An answer which states something with authority but completely lacks any references.
The question was What is the name of the small containers of half & half, etc.?
The answer given (in full), was:
The little plastic portion cups are called RAMIKENS
In this particular instance @svenyargs has gone to the trouble of researching the answer for the person that had answered, and posted the fruits of that research in the comments:
Hello, user268075. You could make your response more of a one-stop-shop answer—and therefore more useful to site visitors—if you added a relevant definition of ramekin from a reputable dictionary, with a link to the appropriate page online (if possible). Merriam-Webster, at least, limits its definitions of ramekin to (1) a baked dish containing cheese, egg, and breadcrumbs, and (2) a small baking dish. – Sven Yargs
In light of this it did not seem right to recommend the answer for deletion, because with the commentary it did seem somewhat relevant.
However I so frequently come across these low quality answers, which state a purported truth without any evidence what so ever, that I wonder should we not have a category for them in the low quality post deletion options?
Here is an image of the options currently available:
And none fit this frequent type of low quality answer I encounter.
I could have used no comment needed but this is an instance where I do think a comment is really needed. Especially if the person that answered knows their answer to be correct, they might be surprised it has been deleted, if they do not understand why evidence is important when answering a question.
My suggestion is that a new category be added:
This is an answer which has no evidence to support it. In order to justify your answer you should include references which demonstrate its truth.
Or wording of similar effect.
There are two linked questions I would also like to ask the community here, so the three questions are:
- Should we have an additional category of low quality post to support the type of low quality post I just described?
- Should we automatically recommend answers such as these for deletion if we do not know if the answer is correct?
- Should we automatically recommend answers such as these for deletion if we know the answer to be true, but haven't got the time and or inclination to go and research the answer for the original poster and update their question?
In light of MetaEd's very reasonable answer. I think the process of moderating answers could be made smarter, and in turn save us time, but I have no idea how difficult this would be to implement.
Having of course run into another of these on the very first post of the next set of Low Quality Posts I've entered, I've realized the down and up vote buttons are not accessible from the main review screen.
It would be a great improvement if they were, as it would save us having to come out of the review window, into the question, down vote, then back into the review window. Instead we could just simply click DV, and then move on to the next question.