There are three types of question deletions on Quora:
- Deletions made by the user who added the question. After adding a question, the OP (original poster of the question) has a grace period during which he or she is permitted to delete the question; this grace period ends when a certain level of activity on the page has occurred. This policy is consistent with Quora's philosophy that questions belong to the community and OPs do not have ownership over their questions.
- Deletions requested by a user regarding a question about themselves as an individual.
- Deletions to questions made by Quora moderators. Questions that are merely badly formed or unclear should be improved or tagged for improvement rather than removed. Joke questions should not be deleted; instead, they should be tagged with the which will limit their distribution to users who are interested in that content. There is a presumption in favor of editing questions rather than deleting them where this is reasonable and practicable. Questions on which a substantial amount of activity has taken place should not be deleted in the absence of consensus among moderators.
Some reasons why moderators may delete a question include:
- The question is not a sincere attempt at eliciting good answers, perhaps because it is primarily focused on making a point in an argumentative manner. In cases where the question has been posted anonymously: If a question is posted by an anonymous OP, we will aggressively interpret the sincerity test; if reasonable people would conclude that there is a greater-than-50% chance that the question is not sincerely intended to elicit good answers, then it will be deleted. If the OP wants to appeal this decision, they will need to remove anonymity on the question and post a comment on the question making their case why the question should be interpreted as sincere. Once a question has been deleted per this policy, the anonymous OP cannot fix the question by editing it; the OP needs to reveal their identity and explain their rationale. This rule will be enforced especially aggressively on hot topics (e.g., religion, gender, politics, etc.).
- The question violates Quora's Policy on Protecting Individuals.
- The question could be considered to constitute by a reasonable observer and has the potential to make the experience of using Quora uncomfortable for targeted group(s) of users.
- The question is posed such that a direct answer that sincerely attempts to provide the information requested by the question would inevitably be contrary to a Quora policy, including but not limited to the Be Nice, Be Respectful policy and the policy prohibiting answers that advocate certain harmful actions.
- The question's primary focus is the promotion of a product or service.
- The question is a legal or medical question that concerns client- or patient-specific facts.
- The question is not written in English.
- The question is not a question at all, but is some other sort of content.
- The question is incoherent or otherwise unable to be answered meaningfully, and would not be improved by straightforward edits.
- Questions that are created with the purpose of attracting spam content are also considered spam and may be deleted.
- The question is a solicitation, classified ad and/or job posting. (To be clear, it is fine to ask questions like "What are the best ways to go about hiring great iPhone developers in Silicon Valley?" that are requests for general, reusable advice about approach.)
A user cannot delete a question that another user has added. However, if a user notices two duplicate questions, the user can redirect the newer questions with fewer answers to the older question with more answers. Users can also edit questions to improve them, just as moderators can.
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