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I agree that the answer is of poor quality. However, I don't think mods should delete poor or wrong answers arbitrarily, as long as they attempt to answer the question and provide some form of evidence. Other steps can be taken to fix that answer (assuming the OP won't fix it): Try to edit the question and add better links Vote according to the quality of ...


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It is not an empty threat, that post is gone now. But there is no convenient way yet to review older posts with a citation needed notice that should be deleted, so we rely on flags to make us aware of these posts.


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Answers in Genesis is not a reputable source. We know that for certain for topics like evolution, there are plenty of posts on this site and others that show this. A random website is not a reliable source, and Answers in Genesis is actually worse than a random website as we know of plenty of wrong claims made on that site. It's a website that is well-...


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Your answer contains a lot of text, but the actual answer you give is only contained in the first paragraph: Yes, we have manuscript evidence of the New Testament originals. They are physically spread out in multiple libraries (e.g. Chester Beatty, American theological seminaries and university libraries such as Duke and Princeton) and private collections ...


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I'll answer it looking at existing reasons to delete the answer. My personal opinion is that answers such as these do not add anything worthwhile to the site, hurt the sites reputation, and should be deleted. Flag Reasons I think regarding flagging, there are two options that can be considered: very low quality This answer has severe formatting or ...


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While it may be fun, I don't think it serves the purposes of this site. I enjoy humor tremendously, but like most everything in life, it has its place. I particularly enjoy going to skeptically themed comics when I want to cross the skepticism and humor streams. Here is a small list that may help you: Carbon Dating Ape, not Monkey Saturday Morning ...


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To add to Fabian's answer. Unsourced answers are not bad answers. They are not answers at all by virtue of the site's scope, which is to review the evidence. We do leave bad answers in: answers which have poor references. It may sound like nitpicking, but there is an extremely important point. We don't delete posts based on right/wrong or good/bad ...


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The concern I have, when reading your question, is that you are focused almost entirely on what various authorities are saying about this site. While appeals to authority are sometimes a useful epistemic shortcut, we need to careful about when and how we employ that shortcut. If you focus too much on what authorities say, you may lose track of the line ...


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I see two different questions here: What is good enough for Skeptics.SE? What is good enough for a Skeptic? On Skeptics.SE, we require references that support the claims being made, or your answer is subject to being deleted. They don't have to be quality references to pass this minimal hurdle. Readers will evaluate your references, and may downvote your ...


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I waited 2 weeks before posting this answer to give other's the opportunity to weigh in and do research. Unfortunately that hasn't happened. I didn't want to come off as "of course it's reliable" because of confirmation bias or falling into the appeal to authority fallacy. Since there isn't anyone else that wants to put their foot forward, I will, ...


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Sources are not necessarily used as "authorities": for example in many cases sources report verifiable facts which we can check independently, e.g. most systematic reviews contain the "recipe" necessary to reproduce their results (or a large part of it); even peer-reviewed articles or blog posts might contain enough to be able to independently verify their ...


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