I have asked a question on Academia SE, and I'm looking for answers to my question that are either backed up by personal experience or that provide a reference.

Ideally, even a reference-based answer would still include a bit of explanation from the answerer about why the solution mentioned in the reference is, for example, a viable solution to my problem, etc.

In this case, is it advisable to use the reference-request tag?

I mainly want to make sure that I follow the norms of the site (whatever they may be), and I don't want to turn potential answerers away by using/excluding the reference-request tag.

Related meta question: How should the reference-request tag be used?

Edited to add: the sole answer to this meta question doesn't answer the question I am asking at all (yet, the answer is receiving up votes for some reason). So, I'm hoping to get a useful answer to this question.

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    In my experience, if you are explicitly asking for references, people with answer with personal experience anyway.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 9:16

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You can try that, but the most effective approach here would be to add a bounty to the question. You can only start a bounty two days after the question was posted, so you have some time left.

Adding tags is not a very effective way to look for more answers. Tags are used differently by different users, but I've seen them used mostly for searching, and less for highlighting.

  • I think the meta question is whether the tag is appropriate on this kind of question, not whether it is useful for drawing attention.
    – ff524
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 2:55
  • @MadJack - Ah, sorry about that. I don't have much to say on that topic.
    – eykanal
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 20:21

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