In Wikipedia, if an entry does not come with references to works such as texts or journal articles, it is flagged as not being approved by Wikipedia but still allowed there perhaps edited by someone knowledgeable and if references are given warnings are removed. That is not the case on this board. But now I am in the midst of a situation that I feel is based on mathematically unjustified assumptions, and all my attempts to straighten things out have seemed to just increase the false assumptions.
It started off in a routine manner. The OP asked a question about the meaning of something he was confused about. I answered the question, based on the tags used by the OP, in a way which gave an answer rather than asking a question back or giving a hint. While doing so, several other people answered, giving the negation of my solution as their answer. I made attempts to show why their answers made no mathematical sense, only to get comment effectively saying I did not know what I was talking about. I flagged the question asking the moderators to look over the question and all the answers. I do not know who the moderators are nor do I really care, but I have not heard from them and have no idea how they would handle the problem. However, today there were two names I did not recognize commented on another answer I entered (bad mistake on my part, as I started it with I will stick by my first answer and tried to reduce the negation of that answer by an ad absurdum argument that went over like a lead balloon). These two people made comments that basically supported my original answer which had gotten lost in the mess the entire posting had become. Could they be moderators or sent by the moderators? The OP has said nothing but has accepted one of the other answers. If he goes back to his class in the tagged areas, he will be misinformed. I do not care about my reputation, but I do care about the mathematical reliability of answers on this board.
My question is, how should I have handled this situation and, more important, how should the board as a unit handles situations like these?