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I recently joined this SE site and do enjoy it. With my experience in other sites in SE, it seems the moderators are a lot more lax in what posts are allowed. I see a lot of opinion being passed off as fact, while those who are wanting answers get a plethora of them ... many of them wrong or misleading. I would think there should be more required for links and references in posts when answering questions. If there isn't, it seems to me there is just a lot of "shootin' from the hip" going on.

I've been a mechanic for over 30 years. Some of the explanations I've seen in the past few days of being on here should make people cough, as it is not sound advice for helping people with their mechanical and maintenance needs. Who is making calls on these answers? I guess I could be putting flags on these answers for moderator review, but I'm wondering about the veracity of some of the moderators as well.

SE sites should be about questions with answers, to provide a database of answers others can benefit from ... at least that is my understanding. I would think this site should be a little more proactive about these things.

As an aside, as a moderator of several automotive forums, I have found at least one area you should stay away from: oil. There are more opinions (wrong and not) about oil and what type is better. Note I did not say "brand" ... that's a whole different story. If you allow questions about oil you will find a plethora of different opinions of which most are wrong or at the least misleading. If you try to find information on the web, there too you will find a bunch of different opinions. There is very little fact out there (not saying it doesn't exist) to find, but it is very hard to decipher what is fact and what is opinion. This is a very ugly and contentious area of the vehicle industry. Not saying they shouldn't be completely allowed, but should be closely looked at to ensure the rhetoric is kept to a minimum.

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    Hey Paul! A belated welcome - good to see more folks getting active here. Please don't hesitate to down-vote answers that are primarily unsubstantiated opinion, particularly if the advice that results is potentially harmful or misleading. Future readers will thank you! If an answer is of particularly poor quality, don't hesitate to flag - regardless of what the moderator team does as a result, it's useful feedback; better to say something than nothing. Also, might want to raise a separate meta discussion regarding oil; could be worth setting up some guidelines for such questions here. – Shog9 Jan 8 '14 at 3:51

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