I want to take a moment to think about Qur'an-only perspectives...
The first time I saw this matter was by a former user who made these meta posts: SE Islam is not really Pluralistic and Why SE Islam is doomed to fail. As I see things, the user was grumpy that their Qur'an-only posts were perceived as Truthy and were consequently poorly received. The user reacted inappropriately, basically yelling at people.
A recent post by a new user was described as "anti-hadith polemic"; the new user also reacted inappropriately, possibly due to lack of familiarity with the site.
So basically: How can we accommodate Qur'an-only contributions?
1. Qur'an-only perspectives are officially on topic as far as I can tell:
The first two paragraphs of the (current) on-topic page state:
Islam Stack Exchange is for experts in Islam, students of knowledge, and those interested in Islam on an academic level. For the purposes of this site, "Islam" includes all groups that identify themselves as Muslim; do expect to see answers from multiple points of view unless a certain perspective is explicitly requested in the question.
Respect other people's beliefs, and don't get into arguments about whether any particular group is "right" or "wrong"; we are all here to learn together.
And it's essential we play fair. In 2012, Aarthi wrote:
Islam.SE is not a game show. We are not here to play an elimination round of "Are these beliefs true in real Islam?" For the purpose of this site, assume that each sect's hadith are valid, and that each sect's accepted imams are reliable. This is the only way a group with such diverse cultures and beliefs can get along and do something productive. If you must, choose to focus on the fact that you all follow the teachings of your Prophet. You share that in common.
2. The standard of evidence in Qur'an-only Islam differs. As far as I can tell, Qur'an-only Islam has two sources of information:
- the Qur'an, and
- deductions using "God-given logical reasoning".
This is what constitutes evidence in Qur'an-only Islam. (Barring ignorance on my part.)
The impression I get is that if something is not in the Qur'an or deducible from the Qur'an, then God intended for it to be that way, and thus is not part of Islam. Consequently:
- Clash 1: References, which are essential to a good answer at Islam.SE, are ill-suited to Qur'an-only Islam.
3. The flip side of the "anti-hadith polemic" coin is "pro-hadith polemic".
As far as I can tell, Islam.SE has a majority of people who take hadith seriously. What may be perceived as "anti-hadith polemic" by the majority of users, may be perceived as normal and unbiased to a practitioner of Qur'an-only Islam.
Clash 2: Qur'an-only perspectives may be interpreted as anti-hadith perspectives, and thus biased and Truthy to the majority of users.
Clash 3: Pro-hadith perspectives may be perceived as biased and Truthy to Qur'an-only users.
I guess this is how we ended up with the two grumpy meta posts above.
4. Qur'an-only Islam doesn't seem to have experts.
Throughout StackExchange, we seek expert answers. In practice, we don't really care who writes the answers if they're at the expert level, but ordinarily it takes an expert to write an expert-level answer. Qur'an-only Islam doesn't seem to have "experts" (I asked about it here: Which scholars are respected by Quranists?).
- Clash 4: Islam.SE seeks expert answers, whereas Qur'an-only Islam respects "God-given logic" over "experts".