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The very short answer is yes, it's perfectly acceptable to claim to have personal or insider knowledge, although you may wish to cast your upvotes and downvotes according to how credible you consider the poster and how useful you find their answer. In this instance this individual has no prior rep and is using what appears to be a throwaway account to post ...


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Is this worth arguing about? Just edit the damn thing. Heck, you could've pulled the citation off of the same quote in another answer if you'd cared to. Anyone could've: the author of that answer, the person who commented on it, some passing reader... I don't even own a copy of LotR, I didn't even bother reading the other answers, and still it took me ...


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What Shog9 says is excellent advice when you don't know, or there is no policy: Don't let "the rules" stop you from doing what's right, doing what's useful. The rules exist to serve the community, not to tie its hands and force it to the ground. Shog9 All the examples you give are for a misleading lack of attribution, but stating that your quote is ...


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Is it allowed? Yes. There is no requirement that answers be backed up by verifiable sources, quotations, or anything else. Answers that are impossible to understand, do not even address the question, or have other serious issues may be deleted, but mere lack of sources is not sufficient. Is it a good answer? Ideally, an answer should be backed up by ...


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The Harry Potter wiki is a poor effort in multiple ways. For instance, in this one page, the word 'may' appears 8 times, the word 'presumably' appears 3 times and the word 'apparently' also appears 3 times. There is one reference on the entire page that I can see. This is the flavour I've gotten from my personal interactions with it. There's a lack of proper ...


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No idea about the Star Wars wiki, but the Harry Potter wiki has two main problems: Their canon policy disagrees with the commonly accepted practice on this site. We tend to only accept Rowling's writings as canon, but they accept movies, video games, plays, parks, licensed merchandise, etc. A lot of what they have is inaccurate and/or poorly sourced. There ...


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It has more to do with the state of Canon for the various universes. Star Wars has a definitive list of canonical works. Whereas Harry Potter is all over the place. So for one we can say, "yes, that a thing, look at here where it says so" and the other is, "maybe? It say so here, but not here and Rowling might have retconned in this interview, but the book ...


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