Let's presume an answer does a good job answering the question and meets the requirement of showing its work. Here is part of the current guideline for showing work:
It's OK to a degree for an answer to include personal anecdotes and other tangents, where this adds flavour and character, so long as the main line of an answer is supported, connecting the dots starting from the text. It's also ok to include opinions so long as they are relevant and labelled as your opinion or belief. Opinions and tangents should be garnishes, not the entire meal. If a post is essentially an opinion-based argument or testimony, it doesn't fit and will need to be removed or edited.
Let's suppose the answer meets the following criteria:
- Answers the question
- Connects the dots starting from the text
- Is not essentially an opinion-based argument or testimony (at least half of the post is relevant to actually answering the question and does so according to site guidelines)
But let's also assume that the opinions given in the answer are not relevant to the question (they are unnecessary).
The guideline isn't clear which carries more weight or if this is a 'all-or-nothing' type of deal. The main purpose of the guideline is to 'show the work,' which this answer would. However, there is still a lot of unnecessary content that is not relevant to the answer.
According to the current policy and the criteria that are not met, is it true that such an answer "doesn't fit and will need to be removed or edited?" Or can it stand (albeit, with my downvote) because of the criteria it does meet? How should this be handled?