I have been told that users are required to cite sources to prove our answers, but a) barely anyone I've seen does this and can get away with it and b) what if there are no quality websites explaining our answer?
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'.
4I'm having a hard time following anything in this answer. Can you make this clearer? Which question are you talking about? (give a link)– MitchFeb 8, 2018 at 17:44
@mari-lou : but 4 comments had answers too. I agree with your statement: 'Comments should really be asking the OP to clarify issues, but this doesn't always happen.' That is how i answered. I am loath to link ... at issue is the author's question. But I shall privately to a moderator.– lbfFeb 8, 2018 at 18:27
2Okaay, user Grandma Norma has abandoned and deleted their account. Weird. Feb 8, 2018 at 19:59
I have been told that users are required to cite sourcesYou didn't know this after one year?