Yahoo Answers Community Guidelines
Yahoo Answers is an online community in which participants ask and answer questions on a wide range of topics, from the serious to the delightfully trivial. These Guidelines are here to help you do your part in making the community a safe and enriching place. We expect each member to conduct themselves with integrity, decency and respect, and your use of Yahoo Answers is subject to the Yahoo Answers 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 violation 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.
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 a good reputation can help us detect and remove abuse more quickly.
Share what you know.
Yahoo Answers is a diverse community of people with diverse opinions. It is up to each of us to be polite and to treat one another with respect.
Be a good citizen.
If you see great content, give it a star or thumbs-up. If you see abuse, report it. Before you write anything, ask yourself if your contribution increases the strength and virtue of the community. You make a difference when shaping Yahoo Answers. Read more
We encourage members to use online resources when answering questions. Just be sure to cite your sources and give credit where it is due. Read more
Keep your questions succinct and descriptive and check your spelling and grammar. It helps people to find your questions and you'll also get better answers. Read more
Categorise your question in the appropriate Category. You will receive better and more relevant answers. Read more
Your use of Yahoo Answers is subject to the Yahoo Answers Community Guidelines, Yahoo Community Guidelines and also the Yahoo Terms of Service.
Members who have violated the Community Guidelines are at risk of review and possible termination of their Answers accounts. In extreme cases members risk losing their Yahoo ID and consequently, access to all other Yahoo services.
Venting, ranting or using hate speech
Yahoo Answers isn't a soapbox to vent personal frustrations from or rant about issues. We are a community of people with diverse beliefs, opinions and backgrounds, so please be respectful and keep hateful and incendiary comments off Yahoo Answers. Read more
Chatting or otherwise violating the question-and-answer format.
Yahoo Answers is a community of questions and answers, not a chat room. If a post is neither a question nor an answer, it doesn't belong here. If you prefer to have discussions or chat with others, please use one of Yahoo's other community services, such as Yahoo Groups. Read more
Being mean or obscene
Because children as young as 13 may participate in Yahoo Answers, sexually explicit and vulgar language and images are not welcome on the site. Also not welcome are belligerence, insults, slurs and generally objectionable speech. If you wouldn't say it in public, don't post it on Answers. Read more
Exploiting the Community
Yahoo Answers is a place to gain knowledge, not customers, page views or dates. If you have years of experience in something, have a special hobby, own your own business or if you are a Knowledge Partner, it's OK to accompany a good, on-topic answer with a link to your website, blog or email address to offer more information. However, it is not OK to post links that are unrelated to the topic or are clearly meant only to solicit others for personal and financial gain. Also prohibited are solicitations such as "Will you add me as a Contact?", or propositioning people.
Our points system is meant to reward the community members for sharing questions and answers, so creating multiple accounts or posting content for the sole purpose of gaining points or soliciting others for points is not permitted. Posting filler answers to a question in an effort to be the first to answer or copying and pasting other members' answers are also forms of cheating. Read more
Violating the law
Members of Yahoo Answers are not above the law so don't post anything that violates the laws of your country, county, region or town/city. Don't try to trick people into sharing their personal information, steal anything (such as copyright or trademark material) or break into places you shouldn't be. Don't threaten, harass, impersonate or hurt others and don't invade other people's privacy. Read more
Don't post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs or that interfere with the operation of Yahoo Answers. Read more
Don't create multiple accounts to troll or otherwise violate these Guidelines or the Yahoo Terms of Service. Don't post things that are incomprehensible or in the wrong language and don't post the same question over and over again. The community depends on you to report abuse and rate questions and answers, so using product features such as Report Abuse and Ratings to target others is not allowed. Read more
Be responsible and don’t misrepresent yourself, claim false credentials or expertise or give advice in a way that may cause someone harm. Don’t incite or advocate violence or harmful practices. Read more
Using Answers Safely
Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to ask or answer questions on Yahoo Answers nor establish communication with other Yahoo Answers users. To learn more about using Yahoo Answers safely. Read more
We reserve the right to revise these Guidelines at any time and without notice.