This question is for only some of the Stack Exchange sites. It is applicable to more than one, so I decided to post it here.
There are increasing site variation on Stack Exchange, Parenting, Pets, and, less so, Cognitive Sciences all touch base with a community where self help questions can be posed or edited into the guise of a more general question. Although we do not give medical advice, the answers to many questions can become equivalent to medical advice, as reassuring the parent of a newborn about behaviour or a condition, can become a potential obstacle to seeking medical attention. (Cognitive Sciences will occasionally get a person with poor mental health seeking advice.)
It is in the area of parenting this can be particularly vulnerable, as many new parents will seek online advice, and can feel neurotic (many of us are) and this can be the first port of call for parents struggling with the enormous and often overwhelming life change and responsibility of having a newborn.
I know one of the Community Manager's migrated a question off Pets to Parenting and was concerned about offering obstetric advice to pregnant women.
I understand Stack Exchange does not enter into the legalities of people implementing code they may find on it's sites, however I believe there is a duty of care when providing quality Question and Answer sites to a public involving the care of their children, pets and in some cases we get questions about mental health care.
This is being used as an example only Skin turns blue after long crying.
The only answer to this question is frankly wrong, had 4 up votes. So I provided an answer and promptly down voted the other answer, left multiple comments, flags and even email a Community Manager.
Was this extreme? I really don't know. As I cannot see this baby and we are only going by a description. An intrepid description, as it describes the onset of cyanosis after prolonged crying.
Stack Exchange does not encourage using flags for incorrect answers, it relies on the voting community.
In the case where people are offering medical advice, whether directly or by providing an answer that says, it's all ok, it's normal, I think we need a custom flag, with some kind of protocol to handle this. In this case the OP thanked the person providing the incorrect answer, I suggest Stack Exchange implements a process where by the OP is contacted by email by the Community Managers, advising the person to not substitute the advice they received with expert medical attention.
I created a custom flag in this instance, but I am suggesting a protocol for Stack Exchange to handle these situations.
It may be worth Stack Exchange while to have an expert/s either employed or volunteering who receives such custom flagging and gives advice to the Community Managers and/or answers such flagged questions and/or has mod power or vote to delete such posts.
This question isn't to open a debate about me claiming that an answer is wrong. If you have medical evidence to the contrary and disagree with my answer, by all means do so on the site, but not here, please.