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…

Masking the Deleted

As you will have noted with some puzzlement, I don’t name deleted users, out of respect of their desire to unperson themselves from Quora: they have the reasonable expectation that they will no longer be searchable on Quora, if they have removed all their content from Quora by deleting their account. (That won’t quite be true, because there will be some plaintext instances of their names, but not many.)

This of course has caused endless confusion for readers of Necrologue, as they have no idea who is being mentioned.

I’m proposing a compromise of adding to the link an obfuscated version of the deleted users’ name, so that people can have at least a hint of who they were. For example,

  • Nick N.
  • N*ck N*ch*l*as

Is that respecting their wishes, or too much of a loophole?



Yeah man. Not sure what happened. I just got an email out of the clear blue saying my priviliges were reinstated. I never even appealed the ban.

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.