Requesting a site specific post notice as suggested by Robert Cartaino in the Pets meta post Consider carefully if story-sharing anecdotes are REALLY acceptable answers

Thank you sharing that story with us, but we're hoping for a bit more than an interesting anecdote. These type of stories don't always apply to the broader case, and it doesn't really answer the question in an objective way. Do you have anything more to back this up?

Per this SE.Meta these can be added as a feature request.

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  • Seconded, this would be handy when the response could be made better as opposed to just converting to a comment. – John Cavan Jul 13 '14 at 23:13
  • Definitely would help with a lot of the first posts we get – Zaralynda Jul 14 '14 at 0:14
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    It's also worth noting that this site strongly lends itself to anecdotal answering because of the nature of the questions that tend to arise. – John Cavan Jul 14 '14 at 12:51
  • Looking into this. – Tim Post Jul 17 '14 at 16:00

I'm going to add this, with a slight variation on the wording. Let's take a second, though, and talk about when we're going to use these - it could be a great tool but is also easily overused.

When you find a post that:

  • Someone has obviously put a good bit of time and effort into writing
  • Could be a well balanced answer if authoritative sources could be woven into it

.. then it's a good candidate for this notice. What I'd like to accomplish with it is something much warmer and more welcoming than the usual [citation-needed], for folks that enjoy typing coherent and interesting things into our text boxes.

If it's not a great post to begin with, a comment followed by deletion should definitely be the route you take - don't polish up broken ornaments to hang back on the tree.

To that, I'll spend a bit of time tomorrow coming up with a little gentler text, post it here for vetting, and get it in place.

Update: The Text

Thank you for sharing your experience! Pets Stack Exchange answers require more context than an interesting anecdote alone can provide; this story-based answer really needs some authoritative references to support it. Please add links to help support the experience you're describing, or this answer might eventually be removed.

I think this does a good job of (1) being nice and welcoming, (2) invites more than just the author of the post to provide some editorial love and (3) doesn't hang a badge of shame on a contribution, but implies that some degree of haste for improvement needs to happen.

I'll put this in at some point today, barring any objections and taking into account any additional suggestions between now and then.

This is now done - your moderators can apply it like they would any other post notice, I've named it "anecdotal needs references".

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  • Works for me, the text is stolen from Robert's post. – James Jenkins Jul 17 '14 at 17:04
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    Thank you for sharing your experience, but Stack Exchange answers require more context than an interesting anecdote alone can provide. This story-based answer does not necessarily apply to the broader case and may not answer the question in an objective way. Can you please revise your answer by providing an authoritative reference to supplement it? – JoshDM Jul 17 '14 at 21:20
  • @JoshDM I'm liking that, it's almost identical to what I've got, but a little nicer. – Tim Post Jul 18 '14 at 5:03
  • Perhaps too wordy if we replace the last "an" with "at least one". – JoshDM Jul 18 '14 at 5:05
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    @JoshDM cut the compoundness of the compound sentence considerably, how's that read? – Tim Post Jul 18 '14 at 12:14
  • Swap to "eventually be" and imho kill "the premise of" which feels like too much overstatement – JoshDM Jul 18 '14 at 12:24
  • Your changes work well. – JoshDM Jul 18 '14 at 21:43
  • Nice, I like this post notice. – John Cavan Jul 19 '14 at 1:06
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    Nice! Is this post notice available for other sites too? – Monica Cellio Jul 22 '14 at 23:30

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