David Stratton recently wrote in another answer:
I've been thinking it would be nice if we had a post here on META that would offer tips for editing Truthy posts to bring them in line with site guidelines.
I was also thinking this. So here is the post: please share your helpful hints about how an initially problematic answer can be refined into a good supported answer. My hope is that this will be a useful resource for new and experienced users alike. The rest of the post below is an attempt at introducing and framing the topic in a way that will make sense to new users. Everyone should feel free to edit it!
Apparently my answer is "truthy" and not "objective". What am I meant to do now?
When writing an answer, our natural instinct is to present the view that we believe to be correct. This view may come from training or education in a particular faith tradition, personal Bible study, experience of the world, and so on. In any case, we answer the question, and get the pleasant feeling of a job well done.
But then we are startled to find that other users seem to have a problem with it. Some of them take issue with particular points we've made, and before long we're drawn into a lengthy debate in the comments. Others are talking about "truthiness", objectivity, and the site guidelines, and suggesting edits to our answer. What are we meant to do now?
Before we get into the possible solutions, let me make something explicit: you are not being asked to change your beliefs. In fact, there are probably lots of people here who agree with you. The actual aim is for your answer to be made more useful to readers. We've found that answers that tell people what they ought to believe are not very useful, compared to answers that say what you do believe. The first kind of answer leads to arguing on the Internet, which is not what this site is about. With the second kind, readers can actually understand your position better, because you get to explain the context of your view within the Christian faith (How widespread is it currently or historically? How does it relate to other important beliefs? Who disagrees and why?), and back it up with solid external references. This is what we mean by being objective.
Below, you will find some concrete examples of how to make your answer a better fit for the purpose of the site.