See here's the thing about that... It wasn't a bad answer, or a wrong answer, it was just an answer that you happened to personally disagree with. That's about it. Your disagreement doesn't make the answer a straw man, or a political rant, it's still just an answer that you happen to personally disagree with. If you really need evidence of the fact that it ...
Don't argue in the comments on the main site.
You can read more about this here.
This isn't a discussion site. It is a question and answer site. The only reason the main site has comments is to improve the questions and answers. Comments are to be used to ask for clarifications or add more information. It says this in the text box before you answer a ...
Comments are great for nit-picking. "You stated that nutria were released into the wild in the 1940s, but in fact this was first done in the 1930s..." - that kind of thing.
When the entire answer is wrong, misleading, dangerous or not even wrong... A comment is probably insufficient to address it. Yes, you can spend all day posting more comments and arguing ...
Your answer fails the most important test:
Answers must answer the question
What's the question:
Title: How do I effectively get people to look past my age when considering my abilities, if they know how old I am?
How do I get them to trust my abilities despite my age?
Your answer is:
I'd recommend showing that you are qualified to moderate through your ...
I think the point here is that there is a clear divide in how the community thinks this situation should be approached. The fact is though; this site operates on community consensus; not what you think is right.
There were a lot of comments discussing the particular answer you're talking about. Those got migrated to chat because it was quite a lot of ...
If you disagree with a post, you can also downvote it.
If you have specific suggestions for an answer, leave a comment.
This is not an answer to the question.
That comment does not make a suggestion, it's just a statement that would have perfectly served as flag instead.
Comments are not meant for big arguments. If you think a post is ...
Generally speaking, comments are for requesting improvement or clarification.
So, if you think someone's answer needs work, you should probably stick to improvement suggestions. Meaning, do not debate the validity of an answer in the comments, instead leave opportunities for improvement.
Since I'm not the authority of what comments are for, here is the ...
Use your downvotes
Leave clear comments with meta links to policy, and try to give concrete suggestions for improvement
In more detail...
(sorry, this ended up way longer than I expected!)
1. Make it less rewarding to post bad answers
I'll start out by saying I don't think there's a good way to tell another user "I think your ...
Use Your Downvotes
If you see a bad answer, step 1 is to downvote it. The way to fight bad content is to delete it. The community can only delete posts if they have a negative score. That will only happen if we downvote the bad answers.
I typically use the not an answer flag on answers with no backup. That'll kick it into the LQP queue and we ...
Here is what happens when you flag something as "Not an Answer":
It goes through the Low-Quality Posts review queue.
The community reviews it.
Depending on the result of the review, the answer is deleted or not.
Now, if you flag something using a custom mod flag:
It doesn't go through the review queue.
The community doesn't get the chance to ...
This post explains how we've been dealing with unsupported answers on IPS. TL;DR, flag as "not an answer" (often shortened to "NAA").
So here's what I'd propose as a strategy for everyone using the site:
See an answer that's unsubstantiated
Post a comment to the effect of... No, y'know what, I had a generic example here but that was a bad idea. ...
Uh-oh, someone on the internet is wrong!
So what do we do now? Assuming that the post in question was written in good faith and you just think it needs some T.L.C. or maybe a warning to future readers, and if you're on Stack Exchange, this would be the appropriate course of events...
Step 1) Leave a comment
This comment must be all of the following:
Leave a comment.
You must be careful to abide by the rules here, but you can still make your opinion heard if you phrase your disagreement as a suggestion to improve.
It seems like saying that would make him feel embarrassed.
It seems like saying that would make him feel embarrassed. Could you explain why that isn't the case?
Speaking as the author of the answer being discussed I can only say the following:
I gave the answer in good faith, it is based on my own experience I could back that up with specific incidents and how they came out but I'm not going to do that, I'm not here to dredge up details of my personal life or those of the people I have known for that purpose, nor ...
What actually happens to the answers that I recommend deleting?
When it gets six Recommend Deletion clicks, this answer will be deleted and will be shown as
Deleted from review by [users' names who voted to Recommend Deletion] [date of deletion] at [time of deletion]
See this item for above scenario,
Remember, this button text is changed for users with ...
I think most of the problem here is that we've yet to come to consensus, or in cases where we have come to a consensus, as soon as policy is enforced the consensus shifts.
Basically there aren't enough users pulling in the same direction, or consistently enough, to make most anything stick. When something does stick, it's often selectively enforced, or ...
I've answered the OP
I can't say I've liked this particular answer.
I've seen this answer in the review queue and skipped it.
. #1 : to me, there's no real difference in the ideas behind our 2 answers. It has big difference in the way to present them. That also explains point #2.
. #3 : I thought it was not fair for me to vote +/- on this one.
TBH and ...
I'm not that good at politeness, so I will leave this for others but here are my suggestions.
First, start leaving a comment under every old user with bad answer explaining how bad answers are hurting the site. Something like this (if you have an idea about how it should look, please comment):
Hey, did you know that answers that don't meet your quality ...
One way to have that discussion is to create a question on meta about that post. That creates a place where the topic is that specific post, so the discussion can be properly focused.
Another way is to create a more general meta discussion, not about a specific post, but about the underlying issue. For this reason I have created the following post so we can ...