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Anonymous asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo Answers · 1 month ago

Why doesn't yahoo use a voting system for determining a best answer such as having the best answer selected by the number of upvotes it gets?

instead of the best answer being selected by the question asker.

11 Answers

  • .
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because the OP is the one who wanted the information, so their choice of FA is more relevant.  Up and down votes on ANY answer are not meaningful, as people too up/down vote for reasons other than the quality/accuracy of an answer.

  • Zirp
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    It once did, but that didn't work well. If the asker wasn't there in time to choose a best answer, it often went to the only answerer who bothered to vote for his/her own answer in the allotted timeframe - whether the answer was any good or not.

    Leaving it up to the asker was a huge improvement

  • 1 month ago

    They used to have voting if a best answer wasn't selected in a given time period, but the voting system was discontinued because it was abused.

  • 1 month ago

    Because when there WAS voting for best answer, the thumb up and thumb down feature did NOT exist yet. Even now, when a best snswer is chosen by the account of the person who posted the question, each thumb up will add an addition al point to the 10 points for best answer. Only 50 thumb ups will be counted. Any thumb downs will cancel an equal number of thumb ups but a best answer will always get at least 20 10 points. The OP gets 6 points?and they used to get only 3 points. 

    The thumb down feature is?abused heavily. . Certain people have had their answers either targeted to be reported or maliciously thumbed down. 

    Let's see how many thumb downs THIS answer gets. The first thumb up will be my thumb up. You can thumb up your own answer only one time and you can't thumb up your own answer because you get 0 points when you answer your own question. I usually do NOT thumb up my own answer. I usually wait until someone else gives my answer one thumb up. 

    When there was voting for best answer before the thumb up thumb down feature was added, you had 4 4 days to vote for best answer but you could put your question into voting for best answer early and you could use sock puppet counts to point game and vote your own answer as best answer. Of course that was abused to death. That's where those ridiculously high best answer percentages on the oldest accounts come from. That's why Yahoo changed how a best answer was chosen, NOT VOTED, on March 20 2014.

     Even now, almost 7 years AFTER Iit was changed and  when it is impossible for a an email account that did NOT post the question to CHOOSE a best answer, certain people still accuse certain other people of stealing their best answers and rant about incessantly and obsessively. 

    Verizon is NOT going to reopen that can of worms again that was never completely closed. If a feature CAN be abused to death, it Will be abused to death. That is probably what has killed comments on answers and news articles to die. In less than 2 years. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Haha..........very funny. 

    That WAS the system here,  ages ago, and it was horribly ABUSED by users who spent all day voting their own answers Best........with their various sock puppets. 

    Almost any leaderboard here, will have a TOP user,  with an insane amount of BA's.   when even second place is no where even close. 

    Spotting the cheaters is not hard. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because liberals with dozens of sock-puppet accounts would control the voting.  (Sort of like what they did in the last election.)

    Besides, it's up to the O.P. to decide what best answers his/her question, not you.  Sorry.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Years ago there was a voting feature in place that enabled users to upvote the answers to open questions. The answer that received the most votes would then be chosen as the Best Answer and the question would be closed out. It was a good way to ensure that each and every question got closed out, but like all of the old features that have been done away with, it was abused. Users who were operating multiple accounts were able to upvote their own answers. Level 7 users used to be able to move questions from one category to another, which was actually vey useful, but there were too many Level 7 users abusing the privilege and harassing lower level users, so that disappeared too. These days the wide majority of the users here go anonymous - either because they themselves are trolls or because they're so exhausted of dealing with trolls that they feel they have to. Few of the questions that are asked in any section are worth answering, and few users bother to select a Favorite Answer anymore. 

  • 1 month ago

    They used to put 'Best Answer', recently renamed 'Favorite Answer' up to a vote if the asker didn't choose within a given period of time.

    I think the reason they changed is the users voting were even more likely to be biased than the askers.

    In practice, it has ALWAYS been more about what someone WANTS to believe and the factually WORST answer often gets selected.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That a not so bad idea but by it's still being the Asker Question overall that still gives them the right to  choose Best answer based on who they feel help them with they Question. 

  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yahoo use to have Voting for Best Answer by Other Users Years ago if someone didn't Pick a Best Answer after a Certain Time Frame but they don't have that anymore they took it out Because it was Abused people were Cheating there way to get the Best Answer 

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