In the Game of Thrones related tags on scifi.stackexchange.com, I have noticed that people have started answering with speculation and unsupported explanations, rather than using facts and quotes.
For example: (No offense to the writers of these answers).
And as an example of how I think it should look:
The part that bugs me about that is that these answers get lots of upvotes. I do not think that it goes along with how stackexchange sites should work: Give answers based on facts. Perhaps some of these questions do not have answers except speculation -- then this should be mentioned in the answer: We don't know, but here is a possible explanation. Or perhaps some of these questions should be closed for inviting speculation and discussion. Am I out of line here?
This is not a question about how I should deal with low quality answers, it is that the community is not dealing with low quality answers. People are not downvoting unsupported answers. I see answers which are both right and wrong getting lots of upvotes. What can we do to encourage higher quality answers?
I do not object to speculation, I like theories and speculation, but I do object to laziness. Here is an example: Michael Edenfield (no offense, Michael) who happened to have written one of the examples I gave wrote:
The Sons of the Harpy want Daenerys dead. They don't really have any demands that she could ever meet that would make them happy because her mere presence is what they object to.
Which should be written more like this:
We can assume that all that The Sons of the Harpy want is that Daenerys is dead or gone. They have not mentioned any demands in the show or in the books, all they have done is kill people that Dany likes and/or supports.
It says the same thing, but without hidden implications about knowledge that do not really exist.
In this answer, I have no objection to what you are saying, and it is a good answer to a vague question.