In my question about Asbestos in Chinese manufactured goods a user posted the following unreferenced claims in a comment:
- Not only is there not one "asbestos" but several (at least 4) different minerals that go by that name
- Several of them aren't "deadly" at all and the others only in specific applications
- The blanket banning of asbestos was a major hoax, had nothing to do with health reasons
- The dangerous forms were already gone from the market well before the ban was put in place
- Dangerous forms were already gone from the market ... after pressure from companies selling alternatives
- A thermos especially that has some white asbestos (the only kind possibly still used somewhere)
- A thermos especially that has some white asbestos ... in its inner lining is completely harmless even were the asbestos to be released
- White asbestos is non-toxic
- Even were it used as a stiffener in some plastics (as you suggest talking about toys) there's be no health risk
- In fact it may well be less of a health risk than the alternatives that have replaced it
That's a total of 10 unreferenced claims in the space of two comments and was nicely upvoted by three people who obviously think this site requires answers in the comments section and that unreferenced claims are good enough.
There was a comment provided by a mod - but tell me why its worthwhile to keep the above comments there? Why wasn't this rubbed immediately, especially as the user involved has plenty of experience on this site?
Can answers be provided in the comments section, can unreferenced comments be made anywhere on this site including in the comments section?
I would flag these comments however certain mods on this site seem to think that my flagging is excessive and since they have already decided to comment on this question I don't want to risk being called heavy-handed in my flagging as has been claimed previously.