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Today I saw this question Was Textile Armour More Effective at Stopping Arrows than Mail? and my first thought was "Wow, that seems very specific and difficult to find info for".

I mean, unless this information was related in some kind of "training manual" for medieval troops1 that addressed the subject or happened to be included in the description of a battle2, practically the only way to answer would be to reproduce the armor and test it.

And, while that might be a little out of scope for the site, in youtube there are channels of people doing that kind of things (yes, really!).3

Even if I found a video from that people involving padded armour and arrows I would not be entirely comfortable posting it as an answer, because of the possibility of mistakes/inaccuracies by the producers of those videos. On the other hand, if after some time nobody answers the question, I think it would be nice at least to comment the OP about such a channel and see if he can find something that satisfies his curiosity (even by asking the channel owners).

There is any rule about it?

1 And probably, reading materials were not the best way to give training to medieval soldiers.

2 Which usually did not have that level of detail.

3 Disclaimer: I am absolutely not affiliated with any of them.

  • Is this really a question about "referencing other sites", or is it one about how the material that the answer is based on has been produced? If there was a book which contained experiments based on similar questions, would quoting it be more permissible? – andejons Oct 26 '16 at 14:00
  • @andejons the question is about referencing other sites. If I had seen that question answered in one of the videos already in the channel, I would have commented or answered something like "on the basis of this video, the answer is...". The question is if it would be ok to comment "maybe if you ask to the producers of this channel you will get an answer" – SJuan76 Oct 26 '16 at 14:38
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    I thought I would be interested in this question, but like @andejons I do not really understand what you are asking when I read it. I hope you will re-write to make it clearer. – Colin McLarty Oct 27 '16 at 20:09
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    Could you clarify the question? What is it you are asking? – Mark C. Wallace Nov 3 '16 at 13:30

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