January 28, 2011 § 3 Comments
By: Shannon Larson
The key to understanding all there is to Quora is right there in the tagline welcoming all new users: A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.
When I first joined Quora, back when it was in invite-only beta, new users approached the service with a bit of reverance. We had heard about how great it was – a well of insight, knowledge, and first-rate advice – and we had been invited to take part. Before posting, everyone spent a few days lurking – following questions, upvoting outstanding answers, and generally learning how the site works. Questions were thought-provoking or addressed a very specific need. The prevailing attitude of what constituted an acceptable answer can be represented by a question posted in June, “Should you only answer questions on Quora if you happen to be an expert in that subject area?” Back then, practically every answer marked unhelpful was a genuinely funny joke, often thoughtfully composed (see Ludi Rehak’s list of the best non-helpful joke answers). « Read the rest of this entry »