How can I see my collapsed answers?
From our Help Center article,
You can compare the number of answers, and when they are different, you have collapsed answers in that category.
Not logged in:
To see which answer(s) was collapsed, you have to click on the category in each browser and compare the listed questions — collapsed answers will not appear on the list in the browser that you are logged out of.
As for “why,” unless your answer was downvoted by a moderator, you have no way of knowing why, apart from looking at the downvoted question and seeing what might be wrong with it (poorly written, doesn’t answer the question, presents a viewpoint that other people don’t like, etc.
It would be helpful if there was an easier way to go about this, and if people had to provide a reason for downvoting an answer, but apparently Quora isn’t interested in either of those options.
All the answers here only tell you how to check the count.
But, I have developed a way for you to find out the question link for which your answer was collapsed.
What Quora’s official account answered is true.
Currently, no, there's no way to see all your collapsed answers in one view.
There is no ‘one view’ interface.
But, what if I told you there is a way.
Would not it bring a smile to your face?
The steps will take about 5–7 minutes of your time.
Like you I was also curious about finding my collapsed answers.
Few months ago, I got to know about how to identify the actual count of one’s public answers on Quora.
The way to get the count is as suggested in the previous answers – open your profile in incognito or private mode in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox respectively.
You get the count.
You still do not know which of your answers are collapsed or publicly unavailable.
I knew that I needed the links to the questions for which my answers were collapsed or unavailable.
One immediate solution that popped up in my mind was to write a simple scraper to get the difference of the questions list shown in the two interfaces (logged in mode and incognito mode).
I could have written an automatic script to handle everything.
And simply passed that to you.
The process is detailed below.
This solution works in web browsers only.
The script is a simple one, not a work of art.
Note your total count of answers from your profile in normal mode (logged in mode).
We will use this value in step 4.
Open your Quora profile in private mode (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + P) in Firefox.
Open browser console (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I).
In my case, total count of answers is 116 currently.
So, I am using this value for
Change the value as per your data below.
Paste the following code in the console:
Make sure you paste the exact code and change the value of
The above code snippet will start scrolling your page.
Do not panic.
That is what we need.
Wait till the page reaches your first answer.
Once you reach the bottom of your answers list, paste the following code snippet in the console.
The above code will get all the links to the questions you have answered as a list.
Right click on the ‘
Array’ you got in the console and click on ‘Copy object’ option as shown in the image below:
This is all that was needed from private mode interface.
Now, switch to your logged in account interface and open your profile.
Again open browser console (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I).
What we will do now is store the copied
object from private mode as a
variable and then perform similar steps as done previously.
To store the copied
var visibleLinks = in the console and then paste the copied
object after equal to sign.
Repeat step 4.
Once you reach the bottom of your answers list, paste the following code snippet in the console.
Now, paste the following snippet in the console:
Voila! You get the list of all the questions links for which your answers are not available to public.
You can copy this
object as explained in step 6.
object is copied to your clipboard, you can store this
object by pasting in any text editor, Google docs file, MS Word document or similar platforms.
Open each link and start editing your answers or appealing to Quora.
The above process helped me save 4 of my answers till now.
Hope this helps you too!
If your answer is collapsed by moderation, then depending on the reason you may receive a notification.
I’m a little unclear on this because it has never happened to me.
If your answer is collapsed by downvotes, then it is even trickier, as I am given to understand through interaction with some who have had this issue that the collapsed answer will not display as collapsed to you when you view the question page.
Note that the below applies only to answers you wrote under your own name (non-Anonymously), and that it will not help you at all to tell which answers were collapsed.
The best method of which I am aware to determine if you have any collapsed answers is to compare the answer count shown on your profile when you view it as yourself with the answer count shown on your profile when you view it as a random person.
In a web browser, open your profile page.
Copy the URL of your profile page.
Open an incognito window (may be known by a different name, depending on your browser); you will not be logged into Quora in this window.
Paste in the URL of your profile page.
Compare the answer counts shown on each page.
If they are different, then you likely have some answers that are collapsed.
The other type of answer that appears to you and not others is an answer to a deleted question; unless the number is very small compared to your number of answers then it is usually a mix of these two types.
These discrepancies will also show on the Topic listing on the right hand side where it indicates how many answers you have for each topic; if the numbers are low enough you may be able to find some of your collapsed answers this way.
Note that answers you deleted and answers you made to questions that have been deleted also do not show in your public profile and are not counted in your totals, so even if you find a discrepancy that does not confirm that your answer was collapsed.
To confirm that a specific answer was collapsed if you have not received a notice from moderation, then go to the specific question page in an incognito window.
If your answer is collapsed, it will not be visible; collapsed answers are not accessible for viewing unless you are logged in.
Thanks for the comment linking to the answer; for others’ convenience, it's
As you noted, the answer has a flag that says it “needs attribution.
” This means (supposedly) part of it is quoted from another source but hasn't been properly presented as someone else's words.
In other words, plagiarism.
Notice the “supposedly.
” I don't see any part of that answer that requires attribution.
As far as I can tell, your answer was flagged improperly.
My best guess is that this was either done by a bot, based on user reports, or a human moderator who made a mistake because they were in too much of a hurry.
Quora moderation is, as far as anyone can tell, extremely understaffed for the amount of traffic on the site.
In the three years I've been here, it seems that more and more moderation tasks have been given over to bots.
This is a problem, because people can game the system and cause opinions they dislike to be collapsed and sometimes even deleted.
It's even possible for answers to get collapsed if multiple people make the same mistaken report, e.
thinking that “Needs Attribution” means “This person should provide links to evidence” (like Wikipedia's “citation needed.
That particular mistake is hard to make since that reporting option says “Plagiarism” in big bold text, but it's just an example.
It could be that someone got jealous of your upvotes and had a few of their friends make false reports.
We don't know how many reports it takes to cause an automated collapse, so I don't know how plausible this actually is.
It could also be that Quora is experimenting with automatic plagiarism detection and there's a flaw in the algorithm.
I'm just guessing, though; my point is that we don't really have any way to be sure why your answer was flagged.
Regardless of the cause, there should be a way to appeal the flag.
If I remember correctly from when I got this flag, I needed to find the notification in the answer log.
To go there, open the overflow menu on the answer page and choose Log.
There's a log item that says “Answer collapsed (Answer needs attribution) by moderation.
If I remember correctly, when the writer of the answer looks at that item, it should include a link that says “Appeal.
In my case, years ago, I never heard back from my appeal.
But others have gotten responses, so it's worth a try.
It sucks being accused of plagiarism.
Doubly so when it means an answer with that many upvotes gets collapsed.
Quadruply when it's your first answer to really make it big.
I don't know whether you actually care about popularity or upvotes, but for whatever it's worth you look like you're on track to becoming fairly popular on Quora.
I know it still feels bad to get an answer wrongly collapsed, though.
I hope your appeal goes well.
Yes, you can see your collapsed answers through a simple hack.
This is how it works!
I have done the same thing with my profile,
You can see I have answered 147 answers till now.
Let’s paste the link of my profile on an Incognito Tab and see how many answers of mine have been collapsed.
Incognito Tab :
We can see that there are only 141 answers visible, which means 6 of my answers are being collapsed.
If you go through the details of those answers in Incognito Tab, you can easily view which of your answers are being collapsed.
Source – My Laptop
Thank you for reading, Have a great day!
Open Quora in your preferred browser and log in.
Go to your profile.
Open another browser (for example: if you are using Google Chrome, open Internet Exlorer or Mozilla Firefox), open Quora ( ) but don’t log in! Type your name in the search bar and go to your profile.
See how many answers it says that you have written and than see what number of answers it says on the profile that you are logged in.
Press on the answers in both browsers, scroll through each and compare.
The answers that aren’t written in the browser that you didn’t log in, are the collapsed answers.
Yes, but not in the way you might expect.
The way it works for me is that in my feed none of my collapsed answers are collapsed.
I never realized this until someone commented that he did not understand why my answer was collapsed.
It was a surprise to me that my answer was collapsed because I had no indication of this at all in my feed.
But sure enough, when I logged out of Quora and viewed the question, the number of answers was one less and my answer was missing.
I found a way to find collapsed answers: Open two different browsers or start one in incognito mode and login on Quora on only one of the browsers.
Then view your profile in both browsers and compare the list of answers.
The first thing that you will notice is that the number of answers is higher in your feed.
The difference between the number of answers in your feed and the non-logged-in feed is the number of answers that are collapsed.
Next you must scroll down the lists and look for missing answers in the non-logged-in feed.
[Obsolete: Then you can open your answer on that question in your feed, save the hyperlink and open that in the non-logged-in feed.
Then, and only then, can you see that your answer was collapsed and then and only then can you see why it was collapsed.
Update: Since early November 2017 you can no longer see the reason why your answer was collapsed.
So, now the only way to find out the reason why your answer was collapsed is to ask someone else to look at your answer.
There is an easy way, though it might be a bother if you have a lot of answers.
You need to open a “private navigation” window in your web-browser (on a computer obviously).
You open your profile in a classic window (with your log-in info) and your profile in the private navigation tab.
Then you see the difference between the number of answers.
In my case, for example, it is 505 answers when I log in, and only 484 answers when I don’t.
So I know 21 of my answers have been collapsed.
If it were a BNBR violation, you would have heard of it.
So most likely, the ones that were collapsed were due to down-votes.
But you’ll have to compare your list of answers manually to see which ones you can see when you login and are not there in private navigation mode.
That can take some doing…
But honestly, when you read about all the “answers” that are actually poorly disguised, very partial political, moral or religious opinions around here, and when you feel that same hint of troll running through your blood, it is better to “self-ban” sometimes, and remember that this is just another website.
I Did it for 2 months recently, and it was great.
Not sure why I came back.
Now I’m careful not to come back here too often.
It is a drug, and just not worth it.
That’s right Quora, you’re just not worth it.
You’re probably gonna be another bankrupt startup in a couple of years anyway.
“Remember Myspace? Remember Quora?” Ban us, ban us… enjoy that might while you can, before the harsh laws of the marketplace ban you from existence…
When you’re on the page that shows all the answers to a question, if there are any collapsed answers, you will see something like this at the bottom:
Clicking on that will open up the collapsed answers.
They will be grouped according to the reason they were collapsed.
So you might see “answers collapsed due to downvotes,” “answers that have an unverified author,” “answers that need improvement,” “answers that are duplicates,” and “answers collapsed by moderation.
Earlier I used to get a notification about my answer being collapsed.
Now I don’t.
People tell me about it.
I check and find that is not collapsed because I see it listed along with other answers.
So it appears to me that it is not collapsed.
But others confirm that in their feeds the answer is indeed collapsed.
I wonder if this is my experience only or for all.
Quora does not want you to know if your answer has been “collapsed due to downvotes”, or else Quora would have notified you.
Quora is biased towards downvoters for now to “maintain the quality of content on Quora”.
Quora should promote responsible downvoting by making users choose a reason for downvoting an answer or a question or prevent users from downvoting until the contribution gets a minimum number of views, say 40 views should be fair enough before a Q/ A can be downvoted.
Here is what I do: Follow the question that you have answered or bookmark your answer and click on the Q/ A, maybe once every month to know how your answer has fared.
If contents collapsed due to policy violation, any.
You’ll be notified about it.
In such case, contents will be un-collapsed only when you make necessary changes to abide by the policies and appeal it.
The final consideration will be of moderators.
If contents collapsed due to down votes, you won’t be notified.
In that you’ve to randomly check your answers to know its status.
In such case, good amount of upvotes can un-collapse it.
Quora does send notification messages to your registered email.
I have been notified as well.
All one needs to do is search by “quora collapsed” in the email inbox search and find out.
Image source: Screenshot of my inbox
If you had done some editing before the answer was collapsed then go to Edits option below your profile image and scroll down.
There you will see your answer with “Your answer has been deleted by Quora Moderation
If you think this is an error on our part, please