Blog Guidelines

The Argologue (“listing of the inactive”) is a community blog for tracking Quora users who have deactivated their accounts. It is a sister blog to Necrologue, but it is run differently:

  • Submissions are welcomed from any Quora user, about either their own deactivation or others’.
  • Submissions are welcomed for either deactivations or reactivations.
  • There is no fixed template, and no editorial intervention by the blog owner (me) other than approving posts.
  • BNBR continues to apply, in content and comments.
  • There is no requirement that you wait to confirm before posting a deactivation. (You may want to do so anyway.)
  • Deactivations by themselves are no longer in scope of Necrologue, and notifications of deactivation will be redirected to this blog.
  • Deactivations with an accompanying quit notice are still in scope of Necrologue, if the quit notices indicate that the user is departing Quora permanently, or temporarily for reasons internal to Quora.



  • Nandu Sen
  • Reason given: Multiple violations.

Your account has been banned because it has been linked to multiple violations of Quora’s policies and guidelines. To learn more about our policies and guidelines, please visit:…

If you feel this ban was made in error, you can appeal this decision by going to and selecting “I want to appeal a moderation decision.”

Posts on this blog will only point to the profile of users, and mention any reason for sanction given in edit profiles. Speculation about why people have been banned or blocked will not be entertained. BNBR applies in comments.



Today, I woke up to the wonderful news:

Now, one might ask what got me blocked, and I have to say…I’m confused.

Garrett Murphy’s answer to What is the most amusing conversation that you have ever heard?

I can understand somebody feeling offended by what was said in that answer…I really do. But…I was simply reporting what somebody else said. I’m not sure how reporting what was said by two guys in a fight is flagged but this is allowed to stand, and the writer is still active:

On top of that, when one is edit-blocked, it’s generally considered due to a history/pattern of violations. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and look at my violations.

March 26: okay, yeah, I was pretty snarky in a Comment to somebody…felt I had good reason, but, yeah, I understand.

Feb 13: Garrett Murphy’s answer to Has anyone from Quora sent you a friend request on Facebook? Do these requests come from men or women most of the time?: Collapsed for…I have no clue. I spend much of that answer insulting myself…is it a violation of BNBR to insult yourself? I appealed this one and have yet to see a change.

Jan 18: Garrett Murphy’s answer to Should women hit men who grope them without consent?: very similar problem. I don’t see where I’m being disrespectful, I appealed it, and it’s still collapsed.

Dec 26: Garrett Murphy’s answer to Does Donald Trump outmaneuvering the entire Republican and Democratic establishments to win the Presidency speak to his intelligence?: okay, I suppose the line “we’re all just morons” may be a bit harsh, but not even remotely out of line with the bulk of other answers on Quora. Once again, I appealed, once again, it’s still collapsed.

Nov 3: Garrett Murphy’s answer to Why is the media concentrating so much on Clinton’s e-mails, while ignoring Donald’s fraud, and child abuse investigations?: I can’t possibly come up with a reason for this being flagged. Was I flagged for indicating that the BBC is boring? That seems…really, really weird. Once again, I appealed, once again, still collapsed.

That’s my 6-month history of ALL violations. And I’m at a loss as to what I did that was so offensive.

I’m left to ponder, are Quora admins just that overworked that they can’t keep up with the amount of reports that come in, where they erroneously bypass one and take others seriously that they shouldn’t?

People are leaving Quora. Rapidly. There’s a reason for this, and I think my situation is pretty indicative of it: people are being punished for “quality” content, while others are posting hateful content and being given a waiver. That’s a problem. That’s a HUGE problem.

I mentioned before in an answer to a question on improving Quora: enlist the community. Implement a system where the Top Writers or just most active members of the community can go through and un-collapse answers. I think Quora needs to get this in-place in a hurry, or you’re going to start losing people.

Posts on this blog will only point to the profile of users, and mention any reason for sanction given in edit profiles. Speculation about why people have been banned or blocked will not be entertained. BNBR applies in comments.

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.