Recently, a few answers came up in the low-quality-posts review queue, which technically answered a question but did not back up their answer with any explanations, references or otherwise. Here is an example.
To some of these the following moderator notice has been attached:
We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.
Now, according to my understanding, it is site-specific whether such answers should be deleted or kept, e.g., on Skeptics they are deleted but on some other sites they are just downvoted. What is our stance on such answers?
- This is not about cases in which the question does not even implicitly require explanations, e.g., a question asking for a good way to express something(e.g., this one).
- There is no doubt that such answers are bad and should be commented on, downvoted and not encouraged. This question is just about their deletion.
- This is not about:
- answers, which do not even attempt to answer the question (“not an answer”)
- comments posted as answers
- link-only answers
- spam and other really bad stuff