An active user posted an answer to this question: How to increase my gut bacteria? Are there any drugs available? It has been deleted now, but a comment made by this active user gave me pause.
The user answered that eating yogurt was a good way to restore gut bacteria, and listed the National Yogurt Association's official website as the source. I commented that this source may make the answer a bit suspect, and asked for a better source to back up the answer.
Why do you believe the statement they make are factual? That might help. Any website with an economic interest should not be given the same consideration as reliable sources.
The user responded:
You want an honest answer? The honest answer is I didn't find the question compelling enough to invest the time in answering well, but it had the earmarks of one that would languish unanswered so I fired off an easy answer.
I have kept up on the scientific literature about gut microbiota because it interests me, and I know the answer is not cut and dry, but the comment took me by surprise.
Is a bad answer better than none at all? If so, why? If not, what can be done to discourage bad answers if even seasoned users don't follow site guidelines?
This view - that a bad answer is acceptable - in not isolated to this user.