I know that technically I have the right to vote on any question on the site -- upvote, downvote, VTC, whatever.
But is it within the spirit of SFF.se for me to cast a VTC on a question about a canon that I either know nothing about, or know very little about?
For example, maybe I've seen all the LOTR movies -- would it truly be within good faith for me to exercise a VTC on a question about Tom Bombadil or Glorfindel, two characters that do not appear in in the movies, but rather feature only in the LOTR books? Or, perhaps I've seen all six of the Star Wars movies, but only once, and I didn't really pay attention during the first three films and I'm far from having memorized the second trilogy -- I know I have the right to VTC, but should I?
Should a person be familiar with or, even better, have a working expert knowledge of a canon before VTC? Or is it okay to VTC whatever the heck you want to, whether you know the canon or not?
I realize this is something that could never be enforced -- it's too subjective. But I'm compelled to ask out of a concern for the integrity of the site, and I wonder if anyone else had any thoughts on this subject. To be clear, I'm not talking about excoriating another user who happens to interpret a given canon differently; I'm referring to a user who presumptuously VTC questions in a canon he/she clearly doesn't know (or know well).
I'm not going to put down identifying details, but, yes, I saw this happen recently, and I've been thinking about it.
Is there anything to be done about this? Should anything be done about this? I realize this particular issue can never be part of the site's formal policies, but I think SFF.se does a really good job of passing along informal, user collaborated expectations.
What are your thoughts?