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Yahoo! Answers thinks I’m dirty.

29/04/2008

Following up on my adventures in Yahoo! Answers.

I got an email (below the break):

Hello XXXXX

You have posted content to Yahoo! Answers in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. As a result, your content has been deleted. Community Guidelines help to keep Yahoo! Answers a safe and useful community, so we appreciate your consideration of its rules.

Question: how to increase the sex time. suffering from quick downfall . is there any homeopathy medicine?

Question Details: which homeopathy medicine can help in increase the sexual time. any reason why it happens.

Deleted Answer: “is there any homeopathy medicine” Well, the answer to this question is no. First of all, homeopathy is not medicine. Others here may disagree with me, but there is no evidence at all that it is effective as anything but a placebo and its principals are based on unscientific nonsense that has been disproved time and time again. However, if you are looking to increase your sexual performance, there are many things you can do on your own. There are a number of factors that can cause this problem, so there is no single “cure” that works for everyone. Here are a few things that may help: -Get more exercise. -Eat a balanced diet -Don’t drink alcohol -Avoid stimulants -Empty your bladder before sex -Masturbate more, focusing on delaying orgasm. -Communicate with your partner -Spend more time on foreplay to stimulate your partner before penetration -Try using mental exercises to distract yourself during sex to put off orgasm, like reciting your multiplication tables. -Try sex with your partner on top. -Use condoms Over all, any cream, herbal “cure” or miracle pill that claims to help with this problem is not going to make any difference if you don’t have clear and open communication with your partner.

Violation Reason:Adult

Yahoo! Answers is a service provided to all of our Yahoo! users and we reserve the right to remove your content at any time for any reason. By posting content on Yahoo! Answers, you agree that you will not post any content that is in violation of our Community Guidelines, or the Yahoo! Terms of Service. You may read the Yahoo! Community Guidelines at: http://answers.yahoo.com/info/community_guidelines.php We invite you to visit the Yahoo! Terms of Service at: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

If you feel this content was removed in error, please contact Customer Care and tell us why.

Regards,
Yahoo! Customer Care

I looked through the community guidelines and the terms of service and these are the applicable passages:

“Being mean or obscene.

Because kids as young as 13 may participate in Yahoo! Answers, sexually explicit and vulgar language and images are not welcome on the site. Also not welcome are belligerence, insults, slurs and generally objectionable speech. If you wouldn’t say it in public, don’t post it on Answers.”

“You agree to not use the Service to:

upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;”

These are the only two quotes I could find in these areas that had any guidelines for content.

I followed the directions in the email I received, and sent this email to customer service.

This is in response to an email I received today that my answer to a
question on Yahoo! Answers was a violation of the Community Guidelines
or Terms of Service. The only explanation provided was that my answer
was "Adult".

This is not an adequate explanation.

I can only imagine that it is because my answer included frank descriptions of sex,
but the question was about prolonging sex. In no way was I lewd or
offensive. I used clinical terms without any obscenity and gave good
advice.

From the email I recieved:

"(quote from first email that quotes the question and answer)"

I have gone over the rules again and I fail to see how I violated them.

I suspect that this is a smokescreen used by someone who disagrees with
my views on homeopathy, which, by the way, are backed by evidence,
something that believers in homeopathy cannot claim. "

I then received this:

“Hello,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Answers.

We understand you would like some additional information about your
content removed from Yahoo! Answers.

Sex and sexual health questions are allowed on Yahoo! Answers within
limits. For example, don’t refer to body parts with profane words, don’t
over-share sexual details, and don’t represent yourself with an avatar
that represents adult content.

Be sure to categorize your question correctly because it is possible for
a question to be abusive in the context of a specific category, even if
it would not be considered abusive in the context of a different
category.

If you disagree with our decision for the removal of your content from
Yahoo! Answers, you may appeal one final time by following the link
below.

http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/answers/final_appeal.html

Once your second appeal request has been reviewed, Yahoo! Customer Care
will not respond to additional queries, as all decisions are final.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Answers. Your case number for this
issue is 48021445. Please reference it in all future communication about
this particular issue.

Regards,
XXXXXXXXX”

I have only just discovered that there is an official appeal form, but you have to find it yourself, and it was not mentioned in the violation notification.

I still fail to see how I violated any terms or how my answer was obscene.

Oh no! I’m giving actual sexual advice to someone with a genuine concern. Give me a fat freaking break. In the same section I found question after question about illegal drugs and recreational use of legal drugs and people asking for advice on how to use them, and NONE of the answers to those questions were removed. I’m still sure that my answer was removed by someone who didn’t take kindly to my remarks about homeopathy. I am furious.

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5 Comments
  1. 29/04/2008 10:29 am

    Oh Liz, Liz, Liz…

    How DARE you talk about wanking in public! You wouldn’t want any teenagers to get IDEAS, would you.

    Well you probably would, wouldn’t you? WOULDN’T YOU???

    Keep fighting the good (and almost certainly totally futile) fight against the Mediocretins!

    Ta!

  2. podblack permalink
    06/05/2008 1:51 pm

    ARGHRGHfurhthfurthfurufu? Yahoo argh wha? I just … what the?!?! Geeze, what a bunch of maroons.

    *head explodes*

  3. podblack permalink
    06/05/2008 1:52 pm

    *starts wondering if starting up a thread in Yahoo answers for advice purely on alternative phrases for wanking would get through…*

  4. podblack permalink
    06/05/2008 3:32 pm

    Idea.

    Don’t play their game. Play it your way.

    Use a blog entry with the title of their question.

    So, if the question is ‘Can homeopathy help me with my XXXXXXX’

    Then write a blog entry where you address it. Use book links, references, you name it. Make it as authoritative and straightforward as you can.

    Then link to it in the Yahoo answers section, or just message the person saying ‘I’ve answered it here’.

    That way you’re making a database for people who have the same / similar question to find… and not being censored by Yahoo at the same time.

  5. 07/05/2008 1:05 am

    I suppose the obvious answer would be that your post contained some keywords and phrases automatically flagged by Yahoo.’s software. Then your questions and concerns were sent to a low-level representative who gets to choose from a list of predefined, generic responses that tell you nothing but cover Yahoo’s A$$. I work for a large company that has a lot of red tape and processes that often ruin the customer experience. It can be sad.

    We play the ‘Yahoo Answers’ game sometime, and most of our posts relate to skepticism and challenging religion. Out questions aren’t usually flagged by Yahoo, but we get some colorful user responses from time to time…

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