I am noticing that users are asking to cite sources for every answer posted without a relevant source.
We are actually encouraging users to write the answers on their own, please refer The copy-paste issue, Hinduism version for more information over this.
So let us not ask them to site the source every time if they don't do so, keep it optional.
The reason I started this discussion is because users tend to accept the answers which are quoted (referenced in a way), for example :-
- What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?
- Why is it best if we light ghee lamp in the house while praying?
As we know, we have too many beliefs behind a single thing, so it's good to answer various versions of story, belief, cultural beliefs etc. So in the second post which I shared, it is nothing but a belief I heard before and it turns out that it was printed in some book which I don't remember the name of, with a link after user insisted that he was not satisfied with my answer which was the same as quoted by the other user in his answer.
So let the users post their stories, or beliefs they have heard about, but yes, it's good to have a source which supports his answer, but let us not make a compulsion.
I am sure the user will copy paste the answer next time he answers on any other question.
We should obviously mention in the help center that:
It will be good if you support your answers by providing a reference, either a link to a website which is an authentic source for the same, or refer to a respective scripture.
So it's not bad to accept the referenced answers but in a way, the other user is putting his efforts to explain on his own should be rewarded instead if he is correct.
Now how we can judge if he is correct?
Let the votes speak, down-vote answers which you think are not referenced but they are personal beliefs of the user, and up-vote the ones which you think are real or an alternate belief to the real one.
But in the end, it's good to have a reference to support your answer but don't enforce it by commenting every time.