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This question quotes a critique in the question text.

It is my understanding* that this should be edited out.
Is that correct? I can't find this on meta yet.

* First comment under my question here

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I'd say not to delete them outright in all cases, but certainly do so when they are an actual problem to the question, for example when the attempted or partial answer...

  • ...makes the question a soapbox post: "I heard that WiFi causes cancer. I've researched the interwebs and I think it does. Can you disprove me?"

  • ...limits the type of evidence in the answer in any way: "Livestrong claims that turmeric cures cancer. I've read the papers on google scholar, but I don't trust them. Is there any better evidence?"

On the other hand, I would allow them when they are...

  • ...reasons for belief or disbelief: "I heard that WiFi causes cancer. If I put my face next to the router it gets warm, so maybe there's some truth to it. Is it true?"

  • ...explanations of what the OP has attempted, but do not limit the evidence: "Livestrong claims that turmeric cures cancer, however I could not find any article on google scholar. Is it true?"

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