On a question posted yesterday, there were 64 views, an edit and 2 upvotes of the question. 4 of 7 comments offered answers without reference! 3 answers received 3 upvotes and only 2 of answers had ref/research links. And at great risk of being banned to a scholar's gulag ... many of the guilty are high high reputation members.
Since this is supposed to be an answer: is this is the only site scholarly based ... YES. i think it will remain so.
'Is It barely anyone?' err ... yes i have to agree with @grandma
'@L Yes, a user who has been a member exactly one day, knows that barely anyone cites references in their answers.' agree
And another exchange with a 3000+ rep:
me: that was a good comment. should have been an answer.
him/her: 'I don't believe I could have said so conclusively and with specific useful references, so I wasn't willing to post it as an answer'.
I have followed this forum for years, recently joining and participating. I learned early to do my research ... getting down votes and aking what my research revealed. Then i read the 'rules'. It helped me appreciate the 'opportunities for improvement'.