My question to Mods, which is that FAQ that you have framed with such a big loophole in it that's been exploited to the maximum now a days? Isn't it the time to fix that hole?
No. I strongly think Mahatma Gandhi has nothing to do with Hinduism. Yes, there is a loophole. Even I am not sure how to fix this. @mods?
My response to @sv's answer above:
I see you have vast knowledge unlike me or many on this site. I could be wrong but let me try to explain. This site mainly deals with Hinduism. The main valid answers should come from scriptural references which are the pillars of Hinduism. It is fine to have side references from modern gurus and authors but if those references are used as main ones in the answers then as time goes by the Hinduism site will be full of answers from a lot of gurus than what it really stands for (the pillars). On another thought, even allowing side references from modern gurus and authors make the site deviate. So, better to avoid them. So, the best is not to use them, okay to use them as side references, bad to use them as main references for answers. If a question can’t be answered from the main scriptural references then it is highly likely to be an off-topic one but on another hand existing of such questions can’t be possible if any Hinduism expert can mend it to show scriptural references (if they feel it is on-topic).
This site does not deal with one's belief, it deals with Hinduism. One might have knowledge in related areas in Hinduism and they might feel it is better to share here. But let me be clear, this is not the place to share such beliefs or understandings.
Even if an SE site did maintain such a list, I think it'd be inherently discriminatory towards those authors/publications and may break the SE Code of Conduct in some way
It won't be discriminatory if we are defining the scope of this site.
First off, neither this nor any SE site that I know of maintains a blacklist of authors/publications that cannot be used as reference. Even if an SE site did maintain such a list, I think it'd be inherently discriminatory towards those authors/publications and may break the SE Code of Conduct in some way.
As for Mahatma Gandhi, he was a practicing Hindu and even wrote a commentary on Bhagavad Gita, so that gives him a right to comment on any aspect of Hinduism and also the users of this site the right to use his material.
If some users don't personally like Mahatma Gandhi or don't consider him an authority on Hinduism, they are free to downvote answers that cite him.
This is my humble opinion: Some reference > No reference > Unknown reference :). If the answer mentions an answer and then adds the disclaimer that this is taken from the words of Saint X. Then at least you can decide for yourself whether you want to take it into consideration or not. If you feel its against the Hindu scriptures then you can always leave a comment. Because if we start removing the words of saints, then some would say Ramakrishna is not valid authority! Some would say Shankaracharya is not valid authority! Finally we will be left with Vedas, Puranas and Ithihasas, good luck! – Sai May 4 '16 at 18:47