Continuing the discussion from Merit/Demerit system for posts, as opposed to “liking”:
I believe one of the important functions of good discourse is being able to source a fact back to an authoritative source. I’m full of opinions, but there is a time and place where I state a fact where it’s important that I source it back to it’s origin. I see this being less militant than journalistic sourcing, but I think Discourse providing an incentive system to a) allow me to flag facts as sourced (which I think we already do), but also to allow the community to request that I source a fact that that is essential to part of an argument.
I am willing to concede that the latter part might be just someone asking within the thread, “Hey dorkface, please source your math on determining airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow”, but I wonder if providing a low friction way of making these types of clarifying requests would improve the quality of an argument and provide future readers with more confidence and context.