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Answerama is causing an influx of quickie questions with one-liner answers. I have put up a few post notices on questions, to try to convey that we would like answers with more information. I used the closest post notice I could find (example):

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain anything will be deleted. See Good Subjective, Bad Subjective for more information.

I picked it for “We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer”, but the rest is off the mark, and the irrelevant bit about the “Good Subjective, Bad Subjective” post is confusing.

Proposed wording that would be appropriate here:

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 explain anything will be deleted.

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    It'd be awesome if diamond mods could edit the boilerplate's text for post notices to make them more appropriate for their site. – user1027 Jun 28 '12 at 22:11
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Better late than not at all!

We implemented this with a slightly different wording:

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.

This should now be live across the network.

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For the time being, we're turning on a click-through quality check for new answerers - probably stands a better chance of being read than either of these notices, particularly for folks new to the site.

Customizing the post notice(s) might be appropriate for other reasons; feel free to make other suggestions here so the other folks in the SciFi community can look them over and make suggestions as well.

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