why get topics deleted which are totally ok?

@stk40m (1119)
Koeln, Germany
July 31, 2011 9:26am CST
today somebody asked a math question in ''thinker''. In fact it was question where you had to think a lot. However, for some reason, the question got deleted. Why ?? Can the topic starter delete the topic or any other member by clicking the abuse (!) symbol ? Was it deleted because it was a question? If so is it not allowed to ask questions in certain interests? I hope I didn't ask too many questions with this one :D btw, I've observed this numerous times now, so I'm very interested in what's it all about Cheers
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11 responses
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
31 Jul 11
You can get yoru own discussion deleted if you so wish. This is easy by using the (!) symbol as you suggested. Others can also do the same, or mylot can come out of the blue without anyone reporting it and delete it. The discussion starter should get an email, if they've turned notifications on, as to why it was deleted. It's a brief, and often vague statement, but an explanation nonetheless.
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@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
31 Jul 11
so it's true? maybe the topic starter hadn't expected anyone to find the answer or someone else didn't like the fact I found it. It was absolutely harmless. The topic was: You are a math genius if you can solve this! well, if mylot topics can that easily be deleted just because someone didn't like it (for whatever reason) that's sad but I guess we got to live with that. The number in brackets behind our names decrease though when it happens and I guess we won't get any money for the deleted answers...
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
31 Jul 11
I can't see by no stretch of the imagination a ''good reason''. Somebody asked a mathematical question, people gave their answers, some answers were incorrect, some were probably not and that was that. Hmm, I'm baffled as for what might have been a good reason...
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
... which is practically the same if the admin believes it without reading
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
31 Jul 11
I've asked myself that question, why discussions that seems okay get deleted. But it is just to accept the admins decisions. They are the authority.
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jul 11
read the guidelines the rules of discussioniunstead of just blindly accepting things know what you are not supposed to do in disucssions and what you can do, read the rules so you know how mylot wo rks everyone says we have to just accept this blah blah but learn why mylot admins deleted the discussions they are not okay if they broke on or more rules. learnt the rules even if you only respond as you will save earnings if you know that a certain discussion has broken a rule and is apt to be deleted.you can then bypass that one and go to one that does not break a rule. nothing the rules helps us all.
@rajeev075 (1936)
• India
31 Jul 11
Mylot delete any discussion which they feel against thier rules and regulation As far as I know, no body can delete the post any either discussion or comment. Only mylot admin had the power to delete from here.
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@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
31 Jul 11
MyLot is a site for DISCUSSIONS not for asking questions that require an answer. If a topic contains something that has a specific answer and there is no chance to exchange opinions, then it is not a discussion. If admin saw it as such then he would have removed it. If you are so concerned then why not send a PM to the user who started the topic and ask them what was the reason on the notification that they received?
@jazzsue58 (2672)
1 Aug 11
"MyLot is a site for DISCUSSIONS not for asking questions that require an answer." So would my question about how to cook Trevally steaks get deleted then? Cos I'd sure like to start a discussion on this, asking whether people defrost them or cook them from frozen. And why all the recipes seem to be Australian, but I bought these from an Indian grocery shop. And ... I'll get my coat.
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
1 Aug 11
You rightly caught Diana on that statement jazzsue. If questions cannot be asked there should be no 'Questions & answers' interest in the first place. Perhaps Diana meant to suggest that questions should not be in the like of questions in academic question papers, in which case the discussion will turn out to be a class room! Many discussions posted here invite opinions/arguments through questions. But a mathematical puzzle! No! I am sure you should be able to get answers for your recipe guidelines through discussions here!
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
well, I'd really like to know the reason for that. Unfortunately I don't know the user name anymore, Diana, as I didn't receive a reply before it was deleted. So I can't ask him. I really didn't consider this a game or a poll. It was a question where people needed to think a lot and the answer wasn't just yes or no but a lot of text. And Mylot says: Original Question Title: and usually a question does require an answer. But I guess hanuma34 said that already (lol) if the rule is: ask no math question, then I understand it. But I won't ask one anyway. From now on I won't answer any either (thumbdown) ...at least not on Mylot (thumbup)
@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 11
Well, I would read the Dont's in your guidelines and see if it hit on one of those. If not I would email AskAlice(ALex) and see what he has to say about the reasoning behind deleting it. I would think that the Don'ts would tell you. Alot of people make the same mistake over and over and never seem to get the idea.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
would be much easier if all discussion participants would receive a notification about the reason. Sometimes people really invest a lot of time in answers and then they are not told why everything got deleted. The rules may be there and in cases where it's unclear if they should be applied or not it at least isn't the mistake of the person who answers. So he or she should be told the reason, too.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 11
If they really invest that much time in a given discussion they should also invest some time reading the don'ts and the guideline. It may pay off. If you give it some thought anyone can make a quality discussion up and that is what Mylot asks for.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
2 Aug 11
even by reading the guidelines it sometimes stays a mystery why topics got deleted because the rules may be to unspecific as in this case.
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@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
31 Jul 11
Yes sometimes this is really frustrated situation when we have posted some good questions in mylot but after sometime we received a mail on our account that our posting was deleted because this question was against mylot policy or have for many other reasons. So I think their guidelines are very strict and if we doing anything against this then our posting can be deleted and also mylot may ban our account. So now I am very careful for posting here.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
31 Jul 11
it would be nice though if mylot would give the reasons for deletion of topics and name the member who reported it if applicable. Otherwise it will happen again as we do not know why
@jazzsue58 (2672)
1 Aug 11
It makes me laugh when people whinge about posts being deleted - then proceed to make the same mistakes again! A recent post on the Make Money page said he was reposting cos the previous post was deleted. He "didn't know you weren't supposed to post referral links". So what did he do? Post the referral link again! He even posted a "proof of earnings" link ... Jeeze.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
so tell me what was the mistake here, don't see any lol
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jul 11
stk4m why not read the rules of discussion so you know how to spot discussions that have broken them and will be deleted. a math puzzle will be considered a game and its strictly against the discussio rules. the discussion poster will get an email from admins telling her or him the rule they broke so they at least will not break that one again. this happens again and again with new people who for some unexplainable reason refuse to read the guidelines and rules of discussion so break them all the time. just read the darned rules and save us all a lot of fuss and upset. they are not difficult to read and fore warned is fore armed.If you know what the rules are then you will not break them unless you are not very smart. lol lol lol.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
it wasn't a game. Anyway, I didn't start the topic, so if it was against the rules then I'm not the one to blame *lol*
• Canada
31 Jul 11
There is no real ambiguity to that delete... in the guidelines it says: Don't "Start game and poll type discussions..." It would seem to me that posting a math question would be considered a game. myLot is a discussion site... we are supposed to post topics where quality back and forth discussion can take place. If someone posts a riddle, a game or a puzzle, there is a right or wrong answer. There is nothing to discuss, nothing to debate, it's basically a question and answer scenario -- and that's not what we are supposed to do here. Some math questions could require just a one number answer, for example... and that is not a discussion. Members don't have delete rights here, just like we don't have edit rights. If we were able to delete our own discussions, not only would we affect ourselves but we would affect the earning potential of everyone that participated in our discussions and that would not be right.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Aug 11
hmm, in the broadest sense it may have something to do with a poll. Yep, there was a lot of debate. Probably the admin just read the title in the sense of ''math question'' and didn't actually look at it. Then of course it wouldn't be useful. Could have asked what's 5+4. Okay, I assume it isn't the admin's job to think about answers, just to evaluate the type of question. Guess the issue is settled with that :D
• Philippines
4 May 12
First of all, it was deleted because it was not okay. Second is, asking a question is not okay here in my lot because it is considered as a poll which violates mylot guidelines. Here in mylot we are required to post a TOPIC to be discussed not a QUESTION to be answered. I’ve been mentioning this many times already here in my lot and I am going to mention it again. Topics and Questions are two different things and they have nothing to do with each other. It is already tiring if I am going to explain this again, just read the links I am going to provide below so you will be guided on: 1. How to create a good Topic and not a Question 2. Why questions are not allowed here in my lot 3. Questions and Polls are the same thing 4. How to create a good topic that will not be deleted 5. Difference between topic and question 6. Sample of a topic Here are the links: http://www.mylot.com/nr/newresponse.aspx?p=1&qid=2558712 (read post #10) http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2655250.aspx (read post #2) http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2508999.aspx?p=1 (read post #5) I hope this would help you and all the users both new and old who are still not aware. Example of a topic asking about math problem. Let say I have an algebra problem with polynomials. Topic: A polynomial problem in Algebra. Simplify a given equation. Content: The given equation is x to the power of 2, y to the power of 5, x to the power of 3, and y. Can anyone provide a better, simple solution to simply the equation? Why this is acceptable? It is because I am not asking a question or a poll, I am simply stating a polynomial problem in Algebra. Although I have stated a question in my content but the question is not answerable by YES or NO. The question is asking for your suggestion or solution and that solution or suggestion is still subject for further discussion since we are talking about math. It always needs to be discussed.
@nakula2009 (2325)
• Indonesia
7 Aug 11
Hi my friend, As far as I know, every question leads to one answer then it will be removed, perhaps because such discussions can not develop into some creative ideas or useful information. So a question like that should not need to be discussed by some members. Ok, maybe there is one example: Topic discuss: 3 +3 =.... ! st comment: 6 2nd comment: 6 3rd comment: same Topics like these may just simply be responded by one person. But I do not know for sure. I only speak according to my experience, because I've made ??some math topics. Wish you all the best my friend....
• India
6 Aug 11
I think posts get deleted if it violates any of the mylot rules, the responses too are deleted, both the discussion starter and the responders get email from mylot You may request mylot to delete your discussion, telling the reasons.. good post, useful too Have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘@Bhuwan@’. .