I did not break the Yahoo!Answers Community Guidelines

I just got this email from Yahoo! in relation to an answer I gave to an approved question on Yahoo!Answers where it was claimed I breached the Yahoo!Answers Community Guidelines. The question was: “Can the user get suspended even they didn’t violated (sic) the Community Guidelines ?” – The answer from my experience about whether a user of Yahoo!Answers can suffer a detriment even though they did not breach the community guidelines for Yahoo!Answers is “yes”!

The answer on Yahoo! Answers was reported and deleted by “one or more trusted members of the Answers community” who said I breached the Yahoo!Answers Community Guidelines. This was what I posted:

“Yes, I was engaged in a heated debate on Twitter, and people can’t have liked what I replied and so reported me to Twitter. My original post to Atheist Ricky Gervais got re-tweeted by him which led many of his supporters to troll me – I have ‘trolled’ Ricky Gervais in the past and enjoy fending off his followers when he re-tweets me. But it seems that they didn’t like my responses to their posts to me, and Twitter took their word for it! As you can see from the link below I reported it on my news website. When someone tries to censor you the best way to deal with it to keep your rights to free speech is often ‘flooding’ – whatever they don’t want you to say, make it more widely available. It is a bit difficult with companies as big as Yahoo! but as you can see from the link below also, publishing the proof someone has tried to censor you can be as effective as the original comment.”

Yahoo! said following to me by email about my claimed breach of the Yahoo!Answer Community Guideline :

“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.

If you believe that your answer was wrongly deleted by the community and would like to appeal the deletion of your answer, you can have your case reviewed by Answers Customer Care. You have 7 days to submit your appeal. Please be aware that if your appeal is rejected, an additional 10 points will be removed from your account.”

This was the appeal I made to Yahoo! about my alleged breach of Yahoo!Answer’s Community Guidelines using the Yahoo!Answers Community Guidelines:

Share what you know.

I am an Internet trolling expert, including author of the academic book, “Examining the concepts issue and implications of Internet trolling.”

Be courteous.

I was courteous and reasonable in my response.

Be a good citizen

I was explaining to the questioner how to resolve issues through free speech in order to secure rights to which they were being denied through abuse of power.

Cite your sources.

I always cite my sources, and being the most published researcher in the world on Internet trolling, many are my peer-reviewed academic works.

Venting, ranting or using hate speech

I did not vent, rant or use hate speech. My answer was based on a paper I have researched due to be published in the academic book, “Politics and Policy in the Information Age” by academic publisher Springer.

Chatting or otherwise violating the question-and-answer format.

I did not do this, even if my answer was informal at the level to be understood by many without my level of understanding.

Being mean or obscene

I was neither of these, as I was discussing a means for people who have had their rights denied to try to reassert them through free speech.

Exploiting the community

I do not do this. As the most published Internet trolling researcher in the world it is highly likely I will need to cite my own peer-reviewed research.


I believe other users are cheating by trying to get me to lose points for an answer that was contrary to their own belief system. I have observed a lot of religious trolling on Yahoo!Answers which is a contentious topic. So Yahoo! might want to investigate whether this is a vexatious complaint.

Violating the law

I did not violate the law. But I believe that those who reported me violated my Convention Rights and other international rights to free speech. If they are making a complaint because it is contrary to their believe system, they are also breaching my civil rights to hold religious points of view and to manifest and impart those.

Maliciously misbehaving

I did not do this. I explained to the questioner how to ensure their rights to free speech were maintained when others abused their power.

Misusing Answers

I wrote the answer as dumbed down as I could. Being an academic it is always possible I might use technical jargon without realising it.

Doing harm

I did not cause or incite harm. My motives were to explain to people how to ensure their rights to free speech when others abused their power. I am the world’s foremost expert on Internet trolling, being the first to have an edited book on the subject, and the most published academic. That is a fact.

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