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Posted: 29 March 2012 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Can anyone tell me what is wrong with the statement: “There is no such thing as an ‘old’ man!” I actually submitted this as an answer to a question posed on Yahoo Answers.

Question: If a young man’s fancy turns to love in the spring, what does an old man’s fancy turn to? (As for myself, my fancy turns to the fact that I’ve somehow managed to survive another winter.)

My response was: There is no such thing as an ‘old’ man!

Yahoo Answers sent me this:_____________ (via e-mail)

Hi Hulitoons,

The answer you gave on Yahoo! Answers was reported by the Answers community:

“There is no such thing as an ‘old’ man!”

This answer has been removed and 10 points have been deducted from your account. You may not have realized this, but all answers submitted on Yahoo! Answers must comply with the Answers Community Guidelines.

______________________________________

What did I violate?

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Posted: 29 March 2012 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Personally I can see nothing offensive about your statement. Perhaps it’s something more subtle.

Can you supply a link to the guidelines.

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Posted: 29 March 2012 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This is what they sent me:  http://answers.yahoo.com/info/community_guidelines

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.
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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.

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  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
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  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
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  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
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Your use of Yahoo! Answers is subject to the Yahoo! Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo! Community Guidelines, and also the Yahoo! Terms of Service.

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Posted: 29 March 2012 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Continued:

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Posted: 29 March 2012 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Hmm
Having read that, I can see nothing in your answer that violates the guidelines, excepting that the question itself does not violate the guidelines.

I think this is probably a case of Yahoo being d****

Maybe someone else can see something I’m not.

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Posted: 29 March 2012 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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My guess would be that someone decided that it was vaguely offensive (or else that you were trolling), reported your response, and the folks at Yahoo either agreed or just took action without really thinking about it.

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Posted: 29 March 2012 06:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yahoo has been going downhill as a company.

I can only think there is some religious conservative idiot in Yahoo who takes offence to any suggestion people above a certain age are still interested in sex. By that logic I’m going straight to hell.

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Posted: 29 March 2012 07:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Right beside you Peter!~

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Posted: 30 March 2012 03:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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My money wold be on someone involved not having a sense of humor, and deciding your answer was ‘frivolous’ or ‘silly’ as opposed to ‘offensive’. Probably a newly-minted mod drunk with the power of being able to destroy anything they don’t like.

Meh, don’t let the turkeys get you down, I say.

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Posted: 30 March 2012 03:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I suspect this may be the relevant bit they consider that you violated:

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.

The question asks: what does an old man’s fancy turn to? Your answer doesn’t answer that, it points out another matter. Not sure what Yahoo points equate to though, I never use it. Is it just worthless “credibility” points?

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 30 March 2012 05:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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It’s a ‘forum’ very much like this one ‘Yahoo questions and answers’.  You get points for being voted ‘best answer’ when an answer is resolved.  However, if you’re reported often enough (as in this incident..this is the only one I’ve received), you can lose your entire account:  e-mail account and even even domain if you got your domain name via Yahoo.  Since my Yahoo e-mail account is also my business account that I’ve had for 12 years, that’s pretty significant.

I believe I’ll stay away from that forum.  This answer was also the first time I posted an answer in the senior citizens area too….

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Posted: 30 March 2012 05:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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hulitoons - 30 March 2012 05:07 AM

It’s a ‘forum’ very much like this one ‘Yahoo questions and answers’.  You get points for being voted ‘best answer’ when an answer is resolved.  However, if you’re reported often enough (as in this incident..this is the only one I’ve received), you can lose your entire account:  e-mail account and even even domain if you got your domain name via Yahoo.  Since my Yahoo e-mail account is also my business account that I’ve had for 12 years, that’s pretty significant.

I believe I’ll stay away from that forum.  This answer was also the first time I posted an answer in the senior citizens area too….

You might want to get an email only account at a web host. You’d just need to register a domain name. I believe that sort to thing is very cheap in the US. I can ask about it if you want. Just PM me about it.

If you’re selling a reasonable amount per month that would be a good investment rather than relying on a company like Yahoo for your business email address. If you own your own domain name you can just park it with any web hosting company (even change it to another web hosting company) and you can still use the same email address that’s associated with the domain name.

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