Exactly right. And hopefully we're not trying to score points around here, but rather to discuss a historical topic that we're all deeply interested in. We can all learn from each other if we're willing to listen.
Very true. I am sure most folks on this forum are not professional historians, writers, scholars, teachers, etc. of the CW but may simply have a keen interest and fascination with any number of topics that are discussed here. For someone (such as myself), who has read, discussed, and visited extensively about the CW over many years, I don't always, or even often, remember from where I can cite a specific source for information I may provide in a post. (A lot of what I've learned is from this forum.) Usually, my posts are based on a collective knowledge built up over a long period of time. So as far as an appropriate standard of proof is concerned, I would say that while specific citations are always good, they are not absolutely necessary. On the other hand, one should never just make stuff up without any firm basis.