Ray asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo Answers · 4 weeks ago

How come yahoo doesn't let you delete your own questions after people have answered them?

Update:

There are some questions I wish I had never asked. Kind of wish there was the option to delete them.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Because Yahoo was designed to be a database of knowledge. 

    Bahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   yes, I know how ludicrous  that sounds  NOW-----14 years later.......

    but once upon a midnight dream......that was the idea here. 

    a sort of open ended Q&A  WIKI kind of thing, where great questions, would receive  GREAT answers, from experts in their respective fields.....and then become part of this great database of infinite wisdom !

    ahhhhh, the dream. 

    and then , about 5 minutes later,  some idiot asked  "How is Babby formed?", and that,  as they say,   was the end of THAT. 

    after that, it became a contest to see who could out-troll who. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Verizon has this saying  "My site, my rules".  We can't do anything about it. Keep reporting your question till it gets deleted.

  • Verizon makes money if they can sell your question to another search browser.  So they came up with the rule in their Terms of Service that once a question is answered you can not remove it.   Most questions are so silly or inappropriate that they will never get used.   But some will get posted on another browser.  You may someday see yours their also.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Because the whole idea of this site is to collect as many questions as possible. So if the majority of people decide to delete all their questions, then it kind of defeats the purpose of the website...

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      4 weeks agoReport

      Tony, that makes most of the questions in P&S violations, but many people don't bother reporting posts in there. That particular subcategory is mostly "whats you're fave..." chat.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    The original purpose of YA was to create a searchable digital database of personal knowledge gained from both formal education AND personal life experience. If you could delete your answered.questions, you decrease the digital database. If enough people do that, there may be no digital data base at all. This is WHY Yahoo and Yahoo/Verizon OWN your YA content.

     

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  • Daniel
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    4 weeks ago

    Yahoo wants to give other people a Chance to Answer the Question Yahoo has it set up that way Because people have Complained in the Past about not getting a Chance to Answer the Question Because people were Deleting there Question to Quickly

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It might have something to with how users in the Homework Help section used to delete their questions after getting answers.

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      It was because users all over the site were doing it, not just in one subcategory.

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    4 weeks ago

    The site was designed for questions seeking useful information or to benefit from the experience of others, so it could become a repository of facts/data that anyone could access. Allowing people to delete their questions, which used to be an option, frustrated users who did research and posted lengthy/complex answers to questions, only to have the OP delete the question once they got the answer they wanted. Many users stopped answering any questions other than those that required no research and only short answers, because they felt they were wasting their time in involved responses. 

    Good rule of thumb, NEVER post anything on the internet that you aren't okay with it being there 'forever'. Even when you delete something, it's not really gone (it's on some server somewhere, cached so that it can still be run across now and then. You can make those questions you are embarrassed about Anonymous, so no one will know it was your account that posted them.

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      Yes Ray, you can make your posting identity ANON at any time for your questions or your answers.

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