Why do some people ask a question then delete the answers they don't like?
A number of times I've gone back to look at an answer I gave and the questioner has deleted it. Do they wish to embrace censorship or silence the opposition?
Probably a bit of both. I make it a point to approve every single comment - it adds to the conversation, and the learning experience.
However, I would probably re-think this if the comment was completely hate and slur-filled against someone, something, some belief, some gender, some race and not contributing in the slightest.......I would probably approve it - to show people how hateful that person was....then, delete it.
Perhaps you should complain??
I think people delete the answers they don't like is because those answers challenge them and are outside their line of thinking. I can understand if it was a truly hateful comment; but for the most part, I believe it is a comment the questioner disagrees with or does not want to read.
The biggest play is personal opinion.
Can't answer this for everyone, but will say that while finding my way around HP I inadvertently deleted answers to my questions. My intent was just to delete my comment to their answer! I was chagrined that it happened and wrote apologies. It happened more than once and I saw that others had done the same - mistakenly deleted answers to their questions.
We could say that the one who inadvertently deleted acted too quickly and did not read closely what they were doing. Or we could say that the function of deleting just one's own comment on an answer could be made more clear.
Only once have I deliberately deleted an answer. Someone quoted scripture and it was not related to my question.
Now, I have a habit of wandering from the question in my answers too. But I reacted to the dogmatic tone of the answer. I saw the scripture quoting on the HP home page and did not want "my" question to be associated with it. Later I considered that it would have been better, or more me, to have written a reply. Generally I respect that everyone has their perspective, and enjoy reading a diversity of responses.
If you don't mind a suggestion, maybe you could ask your question directly of the person, just without accusation. They might have deleted your answer without intending or there could be another explanation. If they deliberately deleted it, you both have an opportunity to gain something from the interaction.
It does seem pointless for anyone to ask a question if they are only prepared to accept one viewpoint as being valid. In that situation, the question no longer a question - it just becomes a statement of that person's opinion and similar opinions.
I may delete abusive or aggressive comments, depending on the nature of the comment. Thinking about it, I may - in certain circumstances - also delete answers which veer off into a very different subject if it appears the original point of the question is becoming lost (I have noticed how the subject under discussion sometimes get hijacked by those with their own agenda).
However, if the answers are pertinent and civil, then they should certainly not be deleted. They should be discussed and debated. And if they are deleted, then it is a sign that the questioner feels unable to effectively respond. In that situation, the person whose answer is deleted, has won the argument.
The place for debate is in the forums, I have known HPs delete questions from this section because they encouraged debate.
yes but they don't delete a comment to a question once the question is active.
Disappearinghead; I was flattered to see my answer chosen as 'best', and I thank you. Yours is a good question. Both questioner and respondent always need to be aware of the 'rules of discussion' which allow a civil and fruitful exchange of views.
Because they are censors of free thought, they want to tell a story so they get rid of anything that deviates from that story. There was a lot of that sort of thing with the book burnings in Nazi germany before the 2nd WW.
Ah, I've just had a comment deleted because I dared to question the questors reasoning.
I am about to enjoy that censorship as well in another forum. Ah, America! Land of the Free!
I think I was just censored - told the person whose hub I commented on (which was offensive), that I was as God made me - deal with it. Perhaps he didn't want to???
Oh, he dealt with you alright! It's called revenge.
I'd never heard of this, very strange. I suppose some people ask questions just to make themselves more visible on HB, in the hope that they get more hits to their own pages.
The actual answers people give them, are probably in that respect only a small part of the equation and easily deletable if they don't like the answer. Especially if it challenges a viewpoint that they're secretly hoping others will corroborate! Like Jesus is the only way, or whatever cultural influence has become their own ultimate reality.
I have deleted comments, but from only two people. When some one tells me that they know the truth and I dont. That ends any discussion for me.
Yep, that is the excuse censors always give. Only censors know the truth. Why would you fear hearing something that is not the truth? Better to allow the light to shine upon it. .
Because anyone who claims that they know the truth is a liar. Let all men be liars and God true.
That makes real sense "anyone who claims that they know the truth is a liar" So no one can know truth? Well that is a balanced view isn't it. What was the name of the asylum you are in?
The some people you refer to sound like politicians. Very few politicians take into consideration things they don't want to hear even though they are supposed to represent all of their constituents, not just the influential ones.
This is not something I've done, so to answer I must speculate about the motivations of strangers. But I've noticed that some people ask questions seeking not information but validation or, perhaps, rhetorical triumph. Of course, this can work both ways: are you seeking to provide information, or (just possibly, and no offence intended) rhetorical triumph of your own?
I'm not sure. But I believe it is entirely rude. They are erasing an individuals answer, a comment that they wanted to appear because they asked the question. They should never delete the comment, especially if they asked the question in the first place!
Rude is right! Even a bad comment reveals something about its author.- Some people do get off on the power they get to censor, probably because they feel they have little power in their pathetic lives.
Why do people join a religion, then disregard things in that religion they don't like?
Why do people vote for somebody they really haven't investigated?
Why do people take 'big pharma' drugs and run to the hospital when Holistic and herbal medicines have been around longer and have done a better job?
Why are people so full of advice when they can't even take care of themselves?
Why do people act the same way everyday, when they have the chance in the morning to be someone better? ........etc.
I don't know, why?
I know why, narcissisism - they are small minded people who are unable to put anything above their own ego, wants, or desires.
Good analogy with the voting. I wrote some great exposes on two California elections. Only a few people found one, nobody found the other... but both were first page Google results. People must vote based on the information they receive passively.
This is an excellent question.
The "ONLY" reason for deleting anything is if it is a personal attack, not having anything to do with the question asked. Otherwise, it is censorship. I think maybe because your answer may be viable enough that they are intimidated they you have made a valid point.
Yes, you personally attacked. If you do it again, I will delete them again. There is no need for personal attacks, PERIOD.
To be completely fair to both here. Everyone has different concepts of what is and what isn't an insult. Jthomp perhaps what he said is considered normal where he lives. How can we really know?
How old are you World. Will your ego not just let it go?
By your definition.... I don't think that to be a personal attack. I was just pointing out you are showing your maturity level. Just an observation.
Enough said world. I prove my point. God bless.
I can see deleting an answer if it is disturbing, off topic, self promotional or too wacky but most often I've noticed it is done when the comment disagrees with their point of view especially if it is a comment that dispells their point of view with merit and cannot be honestly refuted. The best policy is to leave a comment because the comment invariably says more about the commenter than the subject. Hubpages is full of people who cannot take the light of truth being shed upon their opinions and I've even seen more than one delete entire comment sections from their hub because they didn't like what they were hearing and just want to get their propaganda out there unchallenged and have the last word on it...small minded people.
Silence the opposition, happens a lot in religious or political questions when the asker doesn't like the opinions of one of the people giving them an answer.
I can understand deleting a response that is obviously promotional/spam, or that actively favors/promotes "hate action." But that's about it.
You've perhaps heard the saying "Don't confuse me with the FACTS when my mind is already made up?" I expect the people who post questions and delete certain answers are really not looking for actual opinions/answers, but for others to confirm and endorse their point of view. It seems to be a sadly common part of the Human Condition, to not be able to face perspectives that challenge one's sense of reality.
For me personally, if I feel the comment has nothing to do with the hub then I'll delete it. The purpose of doing so (for me) is to try and maintain a professional looking hub. Some commenters aren't out to help one another but rather pick apart the writer's piece. Who does that help? Perhaps they are afraid of the competition? Who knows but I can understand why the hubber would delete such negativity. I prefer to leave constructive comments rather than make someone feel like they have no business on HubPages. This is a place for everyone to express their creativity, who are we to say they aren't creative? My thing is, if you leave a negative comment and I still ask for feedback and you'd rather put my hub down more well then you'll get deleted. I've been lucky enough to receive feedback from hubbers that are helpful though.
Some people are not actually seeking conversation, truth, or even new information. They are only seeking for people to tell them what they want to hear.
I keep most comments but I will delete comments, when needed if:
(a) the person commenting is rude or using inappropriate language
(b) the person commenting is totally off topic
(c) the person is over promotional and has repeatedly commented with links or referrals to their hub or site (I don't mind a couple but I do mind when it gets over 2 or 3 from the same person)
(d) I don't understand what the person is saying (it's gibberish) For example, I had a comment one time that said "follow back" - What the heck does that mean?
Anyone else's answers are perfectly fine, even if they disagree, as long as they are respectful, don't use bad words, and stay on topic. You can call it censorship and I'll live with that label. I call it using common sense to weed out the riff-raff.
Uh oh. Somebody's been naughty, huh? Deleted answers to questions? You animal, you.
Ahhh looks like Disappearinghead has ferreted out an offender!
Pretty soon, if the 'supreme court' has it's way, deleting answers to questions on HP will be a hate crime, as well as talking about your herbal medicine that healed your cancer !
I've personally never purposely deleted an answer to any question because I am here truly to learn how others think and to exchange ideas in an effort to expand my horizons and understand the basics of others beliefs. I think some people look for validation of their personal beliefs from others and as such delete answers that are contradictory. I also agree with some of the answers here that if the responses are off topic they should be deleted. Personal attacks are always subject to the interpretation of the person that feels that they may or may not be attacked.
I guess they wanted to hear what they believed to be the answer. They really didn't need any help with it after all. Made them think way too in depth and they saw what they did not want to see.
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