In thinking about points #2 and #3 of the meta-question about gender roles, I'm interested in getting some opinions on how we should handle pure-opinion sections of answers. In order to (I hope) separate this question from the tricky topic of gender roles, imagine if we got the following question:
In the book of Joshua, the LORD tells Israel to drive out the Canaanite tribes. Did that mean it was ok by Him to kill everyone, including women and children?
Nothing in the question implies an application, but when answering, I might want to include the following opinion:
We can't take this to mean that what we call genocide can ever be justified in modern times.
This is my own point of view and I can't really substantiate it from Joshua or anywhere else in particular. But I could not in good conscience answer such a question without including some sort of admonition like this. In fact, even though it's technically off-topic, I'd want to highlight this and make sure everyone knows where I stand on this issue. And off-course, I'd want to include the on-topic answer to the question as well.
By off-topic, I specifically mean that this answer (taken on it's own) would not be welcome on Biblical Hermeneutics. It would be better as a comment or omitted altogether under most circumstances since it doesn't directly address the meaning of the text, but only how the text ought to be applied. (I don't think anyone would disagree with me in this particular case, but imagine that my opinion was one of several reasonable opinions.) The only reason I would want to include it in my answer is that I have very deep opinions on the topic that compel me to make some sort of mention of it.
What should be done about off-topic, point-of-view portions of answers?