New Blog for Deactivated Quora Users

Per discussion under Do we care about Deactivations?, I will be launching a new blog limited to reporting deactivations. This blog will complement Necrologue. Deactivations with the following criteria will still feature on Necrologue:

  • Deactivations accompanied with a quit notice, indicating that the user
    • is leaving Quora permanently
    • is leaving Quora temporarily, at least in part because of reasons internal to Quora (moderation, trolling, UI, whatever)

Deactivations with no quit notice, or that are temporary and for personal reasons (studying for exams, adopting puppies, preserving marriages) shall be reported to the new blog instead.

The new blog shall accept submissions by any Quora user, and I will be limiting my involvement to accepting subscriptions, and reading it.

The people of Quora can name the blog whatever they want, so long as they choose one of the four obscure Hellenic names I’ve just made up for it, by 2017–04–11.

New Blog for Deactivated Quora Users by Nick Nicholas on Assorted Polls

Masking Policy for Deleted Users

I’ve had one objection and lots of agreement. I am proceeding as follows:

  • I am creating a list of entries to Necrologue offline.
  • Where I know who they are, I will be leaving a comment on people’s deletion entries, giving their name with all vowels asterisked.

UPDATE: First vowel asterisked. Too hard to work out otherwise.

Do we care about Deactivations?

From… , at least two of you (Dakota Lim and Jennifer Edeburn) do not think deactivations are worth including here. Note that when I started this blog, I did not include Quit notices, which is where a user publicly states they are no longer using Quora.

There is at least one instance I know from external contact of a deactivated user who is never ever coming back; but if they haven’t made a public statement, it’s not a Quit.

Recall also that deactivations have been very problematic to track, because people often reactivate within a day, or deactivate for reasons of taking a work break rather than dissatisfaction; deactivations are not necessarily the same kind of thing as everything else here.

So, poll again. Do you want to see deactivations (as distinct from Quit notices) here? Would you want to see them in a separate channel, as Dakota requested? (Which would really have to be a separate blog.)

EDIT: I’m already seeing there won’t be an overwhelming consensus one way or the other…