I came across a quote during my research, the source of which was not clear. I am pretty sure that the claim is well established, yet I am more interested if a certain personality ever stated a statement surrounding the claim.

Now, to me it is two different things

  1. The Claim itself that is well established.
  2. A Statement on a claim, that was made at a time when the claim was probably not well established (I may be wrong here, but that what I found).

It seems the question was not well received. People suggested that the question is trying publicize the claim and considering the Claim is well established, it is fruitless to establish if a certain personal ever stated saying the same.

So, if a claim is well established, being skeptical about a certain individuals statement on that particular claim, offtopic?


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Assuming you're referring to this question:

Did political analyst, Larry Sabato ever say "The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic."?

As you see, the question is not put on hold or closed as off-topic and you've got two answers. Your question has also has a rate of +2, which is not bad.

Asking about the authenticity of any quote is on-topic as you see here; there are 122 questions.

However, there are many cases where the community dislikes the question, maybe because sometimes it doesn't really matter whether X said Y or maybe because the OP already found evidence while asking the question.

There could many reasons why your question was not well received and one reason has been explained by Oddthinking:

I don't know why it was downvoted, but I wonder if it is because there is little reason for doubt here. The idea that he said it is a fairly prosaic claim. The Politifact article discusses how they actually asked Sabato to substantiate the quote, and he did so, in a way that they conclude is "Mostly True". Why wouldn't you provisionally accept this rather prosaic claim as true, given the substantial evidence you've already discovered?


The answer is Yes, it is on-topic.

See this question for the reasoning:

Would the question "Did Einstein actually say X?" be on-topic here?

I've expressed my boredom of them, and tried to rally to community to say they are no longer welcome - See this meta-question:

Should we limit [quote] questions?

The community clearly responded that they are okay.

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