Heya laura .

I don’t know much about why I was banned. I received a few bnbr warnings over the past few months, but I never could tell what they were for in particular.

Some of them just seemed bizarre.

For example, in an answer, I talked about the idea idea of the male “sperm competition cue” that sexuality researchers have documented. In a comment, I mentioned that researchers believe that this cue is partly responsible for a a fetish that some men have about transgender women.

I mentioned that I first encountered the phenomenon in the early 80s in the Marine Corps in porn shops that often featured magazines about so-called “chicks with dicks.”

The comment was deleted and I received a warning. I appealed. No response.

I don’t know why the comment violated Quora policy. I literally have no idea.

That goes for most of the warnings I received. I didn’t know what the violation was for, so I didn’t know how to modify my writing.

One of the few time I appealed and received an explanation was for this answer, which I just republished on Medium.

“ACT UP and the Catholic Church” @jfinn6511 https://medium.com/th-ink/act-up-and-the-catholic-church-7aa54ca091f2

When I first posted it on Quora, it did very well, chugged along nicely for a while getting a moderately high number of upvotes and views. Mostly positive comments, though a few hostile ones, which didn’t surprise me much.

Then Quora collapsed the answer. I figured it was a mistake, an auto collapse based on complaints, because the answer does not violate any Quora policies that I’m aware of.

I appealed.

I actually got an email response.

The answer was reviewed, I was told, and it constitutes hate speech. No further appeal is possible.

Note that I wasn’t told why the answer violates policy, how it might contain “hate speech,” or what I could do to fix it.

I was also clearly instructed not to bother asking, given the instruction that no appeal is possible.

I also received a bnbr notice with respect to a comment I made to Jordan Yates .

A very popular Quoran with over 100k followers had posted an obnoxiously homophobic answer, which he illustrated with a picture of a toilet, and in which he implied that gay men take pleasure from the act of defecation.

Jordan posted about the answer in a Quora blog, blacking out the name of the popular Quoran. I responded to her. We both received bnbr violations.

In the meantime, the popular Quoran’s post was collapsed by Quora moderation. Then he changed one word.

He changed “shit” to “poop” and Quora moderation restored the answer, despite the fact that it’s vile, obnoxious, and deeply insulting.

The guy is overtly and crassly ridiculing gay men, and Quora allows the answer to stand.

I cannot for the life of me figure out their policies.

I don’t know what their policies are, because I can’t find a pattern, and because Quora moderation provides no guidance.

It’s all a big guessing game.

Guess wrong and you’re out.

Apparently, I guessed wrong.

I was producing content that tens of thousands of people found valuable, helpful, and in some cases even life-saving.

My answers were read over a million times per month.

But that wasn’t enough for Quora to care, to communicate with me, or to provide any assistance to me in understanding their policies.

I have heard rumors about what some Quora staffers have said about me to other Quora content producers.

But nobody from Quora’s staff ever brothered to say anything directly to me at all.

It’s a puzzlement.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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