We apparently can’t read…

November 30, 2008
My Yahoo Answers Profile

My Yahoo Answers Profile

It amazes me how many people can’t take two seconds to read my profile.  I even used stars to accentuate a certain statement.  Yet once a week, I’ll get a question sent to my inbox, instead of posted on the board.  Look, I don’t mind if you send me a link to a Yahoo Answers question, but please don’t send the question directly to me:
(1) I may not know the answer, and someone else might.
(2) I don’t get credit for the answer, and people who might have the same question can’t search for that answer.

Don’t get me wrong, if you have a follow-up question to one of my answers, by all means send me an e-mail.  Just don’t randomly e-mail me with a question – I’ll respond with an email that says the following:

“You didn’t read my profile.”


Why I block my Q/As.

November 28, 2008

So I’ve had a few people e-mail me regarding why I don’t allow fans.  I thought I’d explain it here.

A few months ago, I noticed a pattern that every one of my answers in voting suddenly had 3 or 4 “No Best Answer” votes on it.  I didn’t think anything of it at the time.  Because it continued though, I realized that someone must have a vendetta against me – probably for holding the top spot on the leaderboard for Video and Online Games.  Unfortunately, as we’re not able to select who can be our fan or not, the only way to rectify this problem was to block all the fans.

It’s a shame that people have to take the leaderboard so seriously, so much so as to wreck the experience for other people.  I don’t answer questions on the site for any type of recognition.  Take my name off the leaderboard, I don’t care.  I do like knowing that I can help people.  Simple as that.  Those “Your answer has been chosen as the best answer” e-mails are all the reward I need.  Even if there wasn’t a leaderboard, I’d answer just as many questions and in the same manner.

Maybe sometime in the future I’ll unlock the fans option, but for now I feel like I can’t without my experience being sabotaged.