Why does Yahoo Answers only remove some racist answers and not others when you report them?
Topic: Report writing conclusion
July 18, 2019 / By Totty Question:
I reported someone for writing a 100% completely racist answer, and it's still there. In fact, I reported more than one racist answer, and they're all still there.
Well one was racist. The other was just stupid and insulting, but either way, yahoo still left them.
Best Answers: Why does Yahoo Answers only remove some racist answers and not others when you report them?
Sabina | 9 days ago
I can't answer directly for Yahoo, or other information and community sites, but I do have an opinion.
One is that perhaps Yahoo just isn't getting much feedback on all the racist comments which are made. I also see them once in a while and report them.
Two is the fact that there are many thousands of comments made daily here and without a word filter, these things have to be investigated individually and that takes manpower and time.
Three, it could be that some comments, while containing racial epithets or being about race in general may be offensive to some, they are not necessarily "racist." To give an innocuous example I could make three statements:
1) Ladybugs suck, they stink and should all be exterminated.
2) I heard on the news today that ladybugs suck, stink and should be exterminated.
3) My opinion is that ladybugs suck, stink and should be eliminated because they eat my friends who are aphids, produce feces and upset the ecological balance in my natural garden.
While they all hit on a racist topic (using ladybugs as a harmless example, except to any ladybugs out there) - the context of each shows that only the first is truly racist. The other two are conjecture, hearsay or an opinion using rational thought to draw a conclusion & make a point.
Just some thoughts on what may be going on...
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Originally Answered: Should Yahoo answers disabled the report button for all users so only non Bias Yahoo mods can report the questions and answers?
Y staff do not moderate YA, WE do - we are all Community Moderators and this is the hundredth time explaining this
thousands of violations pouring in every day - there are 200 million of us and only a handful of Y employees - just think about that for a minute...
and try to figure out how fast Yahoo would have to close down YA due to it being overrun by spam and trolls, not to mention porn and extremely explicit and vulgar sexual content
trusted members EARNED that trust and the ability to delete what they report by ACCURATELY reporting thousands of violations with almost none being overturned on appeal
those who report poorly quickly lose their status at trusted members
why do you think that a Q is immune from being reported once it has a BA? - there is no statute of limitations on violations - ones from eight years ago are reportable and should be reported as no one wants to do a search and find an old post with porn or racism in it!
this is why we need to see the WHOLE post:
Who do you think the intended audience is?
What are three things the writer does to reach that audience?
What appears to be the writers purpose?
And lastly do you think the writer achieves that purpose? Why?
Best answer and ten points to whoever can all answer the questions I stated in this question :-)"
this is clearly a solicitation for homework, given the formality of the long list of questions you asked under the main header - your one answer showing in the cache is a violation but that person knows you are soliciting homework
then you defiantly posted it again but left out the list of questions, but turned it into a rant violation by lashing out at the douchebag who reported it
well, guess what, that douchebag is no douchebag but a seasoned reporter who knew this was a violation and lo and behold, you lost your appeal
145 appeals on 145 violations or 145 appeals on this one? either way, that should tell you you need to figure out what you're doing in this site
I know what you mean.
I had a clone and it too two months to get trid of them.
I answer a question with a one-word answer and I'm drilled within the hour.
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I bet it has to do with political correctness. Probably any anti-white stuff is just A OK as far as they are concerned.
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Sweetheart no matter what colour you are, we are all from the same blood. Colour or Creed it makes no difference..
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Originally Answered: Do Yahoo! Answers review one's question or answer before they remove it?
No, not usually.
Unless an appeal is submitted, they don't check reports of community guidelines violations except perhaps on rare occasions (and if the report was not initially successful then they issue a Violation Notice if the report is found to be valid).
The system is automated, it saves them a lot of time and money and is considered over 94% accurate. Reporting (also known as Community Moderation) evaluation is done by software which is based upon a complicated formula that weighs the actions and history (trust level) of both the reporter and the person being reported and then decides whether or not the report will be effective. Some people think when a report is not successful in causing deletion of the post, that Yahoo! staff will then review the report. I am 100% certain that is not the case.
However, when a post is reported as illegal, then it is read by a human being virtually every time. In most cases when reporting one would mark it as a community guidelines violation. But if one is reporting something like a threat of violence or malware they should mark it as illegal. If not sure which one to mark they should go with the first option of reporting it as a community guidelines violation. Marking a post as illegal often causes instant deletion and for the post to be reviewed by Yahoo! Customer Care. These are usually more serious violations and can quickly lead to account suspension. Marking as illegal when one should not can result in future reports losing influence.