First of all, I want to say that this question is not driven by bitterness on my part, but I know it might come across that way.
I had an answer deleted about 5 months ago because it wasn't supported by personal experience or by an outside reference. Link to now deleted answer
At the time, I was referred to the top answer at the following meta question. How do I write a good answer?
Since then, I haven't been answering any questions because I seldom have any personal experience with a given question. However, I often see answers that don't seem to conform to the backup requirement.
Today I saw an answer to How to get somebody's confirmation when they say “I'll check my schedule”? It is currently the accepted answer with 20 upvotes and 0 downvotes. The author has a reputation of over 36k on this site. As far as I can see, this answer has no external references or personal experience as backup.
So, I'm wondering which of the following might be true:
- No moderator has yet noticed the absence of backup in this answer?
- The enforcement of the answer backup requirement is selectively enforced?
- I have misunderstood the answer backup requirements?