Reasons could be

(0) No citation

(1) non-existent in the source which the citer cites

(2) Questionable/wrong translation

I am refraining from "interpolation" as a reason since it is very hard to prove

So is there a procedure to challenge such alleged cited material?

  • 1
    Point0 - You can flag for mod's intervention in this case .. mod's will add a notice/banner to the answer point1 also the same .. flag ... for point2 not sure probably you can comment (under answer) and highlight the issue
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 13:28
  • Yes @rickross - something that looks like a system-generated message appears for reason 0 - and is enforced selectively by the powers that be. It would be good to have uniform policies for validating citations.
    – S K
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 13:38
  • 1
    If u see an answer which does not cite anything then u shd obviously flag it for moderator's intervention and a banner will be added to the answer for sure .. so I don't think there is any issue with 0 but whn there is wrong translation and the like then all the debates start..
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 13:41
  • Related hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1465/…
    – Lakhi
    Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 15:33
  • Also, if translation/ source accuracy is of concern, if could include information that is an alternative and precisely cited, could be helpful. Thank you :)
    – M H
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 7:01

1 Answer 1


I would like a status called "no source" or "source challenged" for answers with questionable sources. Something like this already exists partially for no source and unacceptable source, but a direct challenge of alleged scripture doesn't exist. And this feature seems to be system/mod generated and is selectively implemented by the mods. This right should be given to all and implemented transparently.

posters should be given a fixed period of time to answer factual challenges, and if they don't respond their answers should be deleted.

For sources allegedly taken from the internet - A CLICKABLE LINK SHOULD BE MANDATORY.

  • 2
    That would simply start a firefight between the already entrenched factions here on HSE. I am sure some would be happy to have it, but it is a double edged sword and pretty sure not many would actually like how it works in the end. Sometimes I have to wonder if this site is actually helping anyone.
    – Ambi
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 14:29

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .