Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo Answers · 1 month ago

Why the "category police"?

Y!A picks the category.  Very often it is wrong.  

Years ago Y!A used to allow just anyone to move your question to a different category.  Every time I asked a question about being Childfree someone would move the question to "Gay and Lesbian". I would also get comments, "Why are you posting this in the Gay and lesbian" category?  I would move the question out of the "Gay and Lesbian" category, to a different category, only to find it moved back a few hours later.

Update:

How that they cannot move the question, they just continue to post their opinion about where it belongs.

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yahoo's Computers places a Guess based on Key Words used in the Question if not the right words are being used in the Question Yahoo wont place it in the Right spot makes it Tricky its not Perfect 

    You can Fix it your self tho after its Posted by clicking on the Edit button then click Edit Category and Select the right one for it and click Submit 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You're right that a fair amount of time the algorithm that selects a category is wrong (there aren't always good keywords for it to choose from), which is why all users have the ability to relocate their own questions (and should). The point of asking a question on the site is to get useful answers, and that isn't likely to happen if your car repair question lands in Yahoo Finance or your mathematics question lands in Singles & Dating.

    A lot of users don't realize they can move their own question or simply don't pay attention to the subcategory in which it lands, so why wouldn't some users bring to the OP's attention that they can move their own question AND that it's in an inappropriate location. After all, if a user spends time in a particular category/subcategory it's because they like that topic or have knowledge of it to help others, so don't want to see that subcategory littered with various questions completely unrelated to the category. Too many off-topic questions posted in a category increases the chances of people with legit questions not bothering to post their question, for fear it'll be lost amongst the posts that shouldn't be there.

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  • Craig
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Y!A just fiddle-farts around trying to keep the traffic to their site up without addressing the fact that trolls have driven casual users with real questions away.  Don't expect their adaptations to make any sense.  If they haven't figured out their fundamental problem yet, they're not going to.  They'll just change the colour schemes and other insignificant things like question-placement over and over, like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Sorry Petunia, but users can't move the questions anymore.

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      every user still can move his/her OWN questions

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    What is it you want?

     

    Do you want the old feature back where trolls could move your question to other categories?

     

    You have the ability to move you own questions, if Yahoo gets it wrong then just move it. It’s very simple 

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