I'm seeing a lot of questions on this site that
- Are really basic fact questions, e.g.https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/61/how-strong-and-big-was-hercules or https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/24/was-hera-and-zeus-siblings
- Stories that cite a specific myth, but don't quote from that myth or otherwise link to it. e.g. What is the meaning of not giving clothes to supernatural helpers?
- Answers that don't cite sources and just state mere speculation: https://mythology.stackexchange.com/a/71/62
I think the problem with all of those things is they aren't talking about specific stories. I think this is bad for a number of reasons:
- There is no way to independently verify claims that are made.
- For me, mythology is about stories, and not about "Is god x married to goddess y".
- It's hard to answer questions if you don't know what story the asker is talking about.
- There are a lot of basic fact questions that aren't very interesting to answer.
- We don't know what version of the myth the question is asking about unless we can see the translation.
My proposal: every question and answer needs to quote from a specific myth or an outside source. I think that will make the cite a better resource.