Thursday, January 17, 2013
Bigots Trying to Silence Equality at Yahoo Answers
If you're not familiar with Yahoo Answers, it is one of many, many services that allows people to ask questions and then have others give answers to that question. It also allows for people to vote other answers up or down, and the asker can select a Best Answer or allow voters to select a Best Answer. There is a point system involved that progressively allows privileges.
If a question or an answer violates the "Community Guidelines" it can be reported. An appeal can be made to counter the tattling, but to do so risks points.
Some bigoted coward has taken to reporting my answers again. This happens from time to time, even though I can give the very same answer to essentially the same question and get Best Answer frequently. Anyway, when your answer gets reported, you aren't told who the rat is, or what the specific violation/offending statement was, but you're allowed to appeal at the risk of losing points. So, I appealed a recent reporting, and explained that I had not violated the Guidelines. My appeal was denied. Why? I was only given a one word answer inferring that the topic of my answer was the problem... but the QUESTION was ABOUT that word/topic in the first place. How do you answer a question about a topic without referring to that topic in some way?
If an answer is reported for violating "Community Guidelines," the answer writer should get to know WHO reported the answer AND the person reporting the answer have to quote which part of the answer or what about the answer violates which guideline. Isn't that basic fairness?
I put thought and effort into my answers and I am available to be contacted if someone has a problem with an answer. People can vote down answers or give their own if they don't like mine or anyone else's, so reporting an answer should take some effort and come with some accountability.
Will there be some people who will retaliate against someone who reports their answer? Probably... in which case the Yahoo Answers administrators can suspect or ban the retaliatory person, right?
Bigots are full of fear. They are losing their fight to deny equality and relationship rights. They're going to act on their hate in many different ways. And although they may win very small battles, their on the wrong side of history... regardless of what happens at Yahoo Answers.