Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines
Yahoo! Answers is an online community in which participants ask and answer questions on a wide range of topics. Like any other community, we have a core set of principles that must be followed by all members. Your use of Yahoo! Answers is subject to the Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo! Community Guidelines, and the Yahoo! Terms of Service.
Violating the Community Guidelines may result in the termination of your Answers account without warning. In extreme cases, violations may result in the termination of your Yahoo! ID, and consequently, access to all other Yahoo! services.
For safety reasons, children under the age of 13 are not permitted to ask or answer questions on Yahoo! Answers.
The community depends on each member to help keep Yahoo! Answers a safe, fun, and positive place for everyone. Anyone can report abuse, but members who earn good reputations can help us detect and remove abuse more quickly.
Share what you know.
Chances are, someone could benefit from your knowledge, opinions, or personal experiences. Sharing what you know is one of many ways you can make a positive contribution to the community. Read more
Remember, we’re a diverse community of people with diverse opinions. Everyone wants to be treated with respect, and showing respect to others makes the community better for all members. Read more
Be a good citizen.
When you see a great question or answer, give it a star or thumbs-up. If you see abuse, report it. We’re committed to doing our best to stop abuse on Answers, and, with your help, we can make a difference. Read more
Cite your sources.
We encourage members to use online resources in answering questions. Just be sure to cite your sources and give credit where it is due. Read more
Keep your questions succinct, but be descriptive enough to help people understand what you’re asking. Correct spelling and grammar help people find your questions, and you’ll get better answers when others can clearly make out what you’re asking. Read more
Categorize your question correctly. Placing your question in the right category ensures that it is seen by people who can give you better information and more accurate answers. Yahoo! Answers is available in many countries and languages, so find the right one for your location or language. Read more
Your use of Yahoo! Answers is subject to the Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo! Community Guidelines, and also the Yahoo! Terms of Service.
Members who have violated the Community Guidelines are at risk for review and possible termination of their Answers accounts. In extreme cases, members risk losing their Yahoo! ID, and consequently, access to all other Yahoo! services.
Venting, ranting or using hate speech
Yahoo! Answers isn’t a soapbox to vent personal frustrations or rant about issues. We are a community of people with diverse beliefs, opinions, and backgrounds, so please be respectful and keep hateful and incendiary comments off Yahoo! Answers. Read more >
Chatting or otherwise violating the question-and-answer format.
Yahoo! Answers is a community of questions and answers, not a chat room. If a post is neither a question nor an answer, it doesn’t belong here. If you’re looking for a place to chat with others, try Yahoo! Groups or Yahoo! Messenger Chat Rooms. Read more
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. Read more
Exploiting the community
Yahoo! Answers is a place to gain knowledge, not customers, page views, or dates. If you have years of experience in something, have a special hobby, own your own business, or if you are a knowledge partner, it’s OK to accompany a good, on-topic answer with a link to your website, blog, or email to offer more information. However, it is not OK to post links that are unrelated to the topic or are clearly meant only to solicit others for personal and financial gain. Also prohibited are solicitations like “Will you add me as a contact?” or propositioning people. Read more
Our points system is meant to reward the community members for sharing questions and answers, so creating multiple accounts or posting content for the sole purpose of gaining points or soliciting others for points is not permitted. Posting filler answers to a question in an effort to be first to answer, or copying and pasting other members’ answers, are also forms of cheating. Read more
Violating the law
Members of Yahoo! Answers are not above the law, so don’t post anything that violates the laws of your country, state, province, or city. Don’t try to trick people into sharing their personal information, steal anything (like copyright or trademark material), or break into places you shouldn’t be. Don’t threaten, harass, impersonate, or hurt others, and don’t invade other people’s privacy. Read more
Don’t post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs or that interfere with the operation of Yahoo! Answers. Read more
Don’t create multiple accounts to troll or otherwise violate these guidelines or the Yahoo! Terms of Service. Don’t post things that are incomprehensible or in the wrong language, and don’t post the same question over and over again. The community depends on you to report abuse and rate questions and answers, so using product features such as report abuse and ratings to target others is not allowed. Read more