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Is my answer missing credible references?

I've answered a general and speculative question: How long should a person keep blood test results? with an equally general and hypothetical answer (except for a tiny point which I've edited.) Yet -...
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Yet again, we have personal advice questions answered

I am concerned that we are still having personal advice questions answered by those who have been here a long time and therefore should know that these questions must never be answered, and they ...
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Is the date of this question a bug?

The following question has received 14 upvotes, the answer to it even 35 upvotes, and is allegedly only 1 day old. The amount of upvotes is just astronomical for our site. I have never seen this ...
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Please don't answer questions that are off-topic

As Lucky has pointed out to me earlier: Since personal medical advice is strictly off-topic here, such questions: Should not be answered Should be closed Please, don't answer ...
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The excellent answers of Health.SE

Inspired by the same Meta Threads on other Stackexchange sites Health.SE has many great answers. Below is a collection of answers that are well-researched and well-written. Each post should only ...
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Supposedly incorrect answer?

Someone made a supposedly wrong answer on a post. I read that it is better not to argue in comments. Can I pm that person in order to discuss and be in agreement on the answer, or at least explain ...
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How do you define an answer?

Here are two comments get deleted because of "being answers" in Why aren't superbugs weaker than their wild type? First, I want to say that I don't have any objection on deleting answers in comment. ...
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Should professionals answer non-professional questions in layman term?

A very example for this: Anti-inflammatory painkillers and healing I don't refute the fact that this is a scientific - based site, and it should encourage professional to answer, and should answer ...
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Reminding users to avoid copying text commend should link to a good explaination

For example, one of my answer is considered to only contain quotes. At that time, the only reason given was "the super mod says so". In deed, in the link, the super mod only said so, not giving a ...
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Answer A is the same with answer B, answer B has references. Would answer A be considered to have references?

Let's see this non-reference answer. It is agreed to be a good answer, but since it doesn't contain any reference, there is a comment below encourages the answerer to add. However, since there is ...
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Do we need to explain self-explanatory quotes?

Example: I read Would butter on burns help or harm? and gave the following answer: which got deleted by Shog9: Do we need to explain self-explanatory quotes? For example, from a mod on Travel.SE: ...
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How should we decide whether a figure can be reproduced here under fair use?

I have been attempting to use published, peer-reviewed journal articles as the primary references for answers here. Frequently, it would be helpful to reproduce a figure published in one of these ...
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Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

Sometimes I keep getting negative reactions/comments, because my answers contain links/sources to Wikipedia. Few examples: How much coffee can a healthy adult drink?, Is there any proof that ...
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What should we do with questions where the answer is clearly 'see a doctor'?

Many questions on this site are likely to have the same answer: see a doctor. What should we do with these questions? Some potential options: Close the questions as off-topic with a custom reason ...
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How to deal with citations to research hidden behind paywalls?

A lot of research ends up behind expensive paywalls and not accessible to the public. How should we deal with this? Here's a few options: We could have no preference for publicly available ...
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What are reliable sources?

The first meta question asked Should we require references to back up all answer?. The general consensus was yes (most of the time). This is a quote from the top voted answer by @Jez I think the ...
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Should we require references to back up all answers?

Health as a topic is a bit different than what most SE sites deal with. It is a lot more likely to attract users without a medical background than a programming site is to attract non-programmers. ...