Why do we quote studies in out postings? Members choose just to not believe them if they go against their personal beliefs. What say you?
The best term papers are constructed roughly in a following manner:
1 example (evidence in support of thesis)
2 counter-example (evidence against thesis)
3 counter-counter-example (further evidence that negates counter-evidence)
Reestablishment of thesis
Term paper, in a way, is a prolonged torture invented by schoolteachers to keep their students to experience agony over something that can be conveyed in a paragraph or two, but must be presented using minimum of 10,000 words.
For a post on a forum which does not carry weight in one's GPA, there is no need to elaborate but a source may bolster one's POV and that is sufficient.
counterexample, instead, is posted by those who disagree.
some of us choose to read the sources, some of us don't. Better quality threads often resemble an ongoing rally of informative sources and appropriate counter-sources without getting ugly.