The software would support our having a "site-specific post notice".
A "post-notice" is something which looks like this:
The current posts which have a notice, on the main site, are listed here.
A post-notice is a notice a moderator can add to a post.
It's possible to define a site-specific post-notice -- see What about site-specific post notices?
What I propose
I suggest we ask for a notice with the following wording:
"Show how this answer explains specifically Buddhist teaching or practice".
Why I think we need it
Our policy for questions is very permissive. In particular we allow or welcome questions about practice or daily life, even which aren't obviously related to Buddhism:
- So a question might appear to be non-Buddhist.
- But we want to require that its answers should be based on Buddhism -- the reason why the OP posted on this site was to get an answer based on Buddhism and not only general advice.
An answer "based on" Buddhism might mean either of two things:
The folks at Moms4mom owned up to the subjective issue and came up with a set of principles to create useful subjective discussions on parenting: the Back It Up! Principle. Back It Up! means that your answers must be based on either:
- Something that happened to you personally
- Something you can back up with a reference
They talk about how “opinion, by itself, is noise.” They’re not saying that subjective opinions are to be avoided; they’re attempting to mold and shape their inherently subjective Q&A; into something constructive, informative and helpful.
There is already a predefined post-notice for references ...
This post contains content that needs citations from reputable sources.
... however the policy of this site is that references are not required ...
References (e.g. hyperlinks or citations) to sources are welcome and helpful. They're not required though, i.e. you are allowed to answer questions without giving references.
Good answers may be based on references or on experience; answers based on experience may be unreferenced.
Some people sometimes post a comment under an answer to ask for a reference, only if they disagree with or have doubts about an answer (asking for a reference can be a polite way to disagree with an answer).
... so I'm disinclined to use that post-notice. The reason why references aren't required is that readers might know and recognise the references already -- and we do not want to make answering "feel more like a chore, like editing Wikipedia or something" by requiring references.
There is also already a predefined post-notice for adding details ...
Needs detailed answers
This question needs detailed answers, including citations and an explanation of why an answer is correct.
... but that contradicts this policy ...
When my answer is short, shall I post it as a comment instead?
Please post your answer as an answer, and not as a comment, even if your answer is short.
... so I don't always want to use that notice, either.
So I think we want a post-notice for answers, which might (or might not) be based on life experience or common sense, but which is not evidently based on Buddhism somehow -- an answer which might be posted by someone who has never tried to learn or practice "Buddhism".
This requiring a relation to Buddhism is inline with some previous policy:
See also for example Lanka's comment there ...
I think the answer is great and should remain on the site. Although a buddhist approach should be added as well.
... i.e. if an answer isn't evidently based on Buddhism, but could be, perhaps that basis deserves to be clarified or added.
When we'd use it
We probably wouldn't use it on the answers of the regular or high-reputation users -- not because they're regular but because their answers are already generally welcome.
I expect the notice would be useful sometimes for users who are new to the site, and don't know its norms, and maybe don't know that the site is for focused Q&A site and is not a "forum" or for sort of general chat -- even if it's interesting and helpful but not especially related to Buddhism.
I propose that moderators can probably recognise posts which are or aren't obviously related to Buddhism somehow (and it's easy to correct if a notice were ever posted in error).
Before I ask SE to create this notice:
- Do agree that the notice might be useful?
- Do you agree with my proposed wording of the notice?
The proposed wording, in detail
There was a New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow and I'm a bit confused about the wording of notices now.
It seems as if there is ...
- A title (which only moderators can see)
- A formal description (which only moderators can see)
- Some friendly advice (which is posted publicly in the notice on the page)
... for example ...
- Title: "Needs citation"
- Formal description: "This post contains content that needs citations from reputable sources."
- Friendly advice: "Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content may be edited or deleted."
If that's so I suggest something like the following for the new notice -- the wording is based on, taken from, one of the "off-topic" close reasons for questions.
- Title: "Unrelated to Buddhism"
- Formal description: "It's not obvious how this post relates to Buddhist teaching or practice."
- Friendly advice: "Show how this answer explains specifically Buddhist teaching or practice. To be on-topic on this site an answer must be evidently related to Buddhism."