On this site more than anywhere else I (we) seem to have the problem of users who
- Do not follow our policy
- Have conflicting ideas about what is a good answer
- Are absolutely convinced their ideas are correct
- Refuse to engage in a mature discussion about their ideas
- Refuse to adhere to our policy
As a recent example, take this 'discussion'.
This poses a problem, and makes, in my experience, this one of the hardest sites to moderate across the SE network.
I have the impression that this confusion of mostly new users is because there is no summary of our policy. There is the help center, and the tour, but neither really go into details about how we think this particular site is to be moderated. There are meta questions, but when are they authoritative, and which question should I look at?
I am thus in favour of a policy like Skeptics.SE. In this policy it should be very clear (a) when references are needed, and (b) that answers that need references will be removed when the author fails to provide references within a reasonable time limit (say, a day?).
Ultimately, if users keep refusing to adhere to that policy, they should be banned. It is not a very good use of the time of any of us to keep deleting answers of the same users over and over again.
What should be in our policy?
I'd say, at least the following:
Answers should be objective.
Questions like "Is it ethical to...?" should be answered in the format "A [Kantian] would say ..., because ... (see ...)".
Questions about things as formal logic don't necessarily need references, because they're often easily backed by any introductory textbook or can at least be easily verified (by the OP and the community, through voting).
Answers that are not objective or not verifiable will be removed.
Questions that stimulate subjectiveness will be edited or closed.
Comments should be posted in the same spirit as questions and answers.
We strive for high quality here. It is not necessary to speak perfect English, but chat abbreviations is frowned upon and punctuation is encouraged. Write as if you were writing something to publish.
This is a just a start. If there is sufficient support for a policy / welcome message in general, it would perhaps be good to open a separate meta question to flesh that out, and then a final meta question to actually have that policy exposed (preferably written by a moderator, to show some authority).