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2020: Quora the Land of Everything Nice

Quora is a place for sharing, with one caveat. Anything you share that might be the slightest bit controversial, will never be seen. Quora has an unlimited amount of content, being produced daily from its users. If any post is downvoted by any other user, it will quickly become lower ranking than other answers, no matter how popular/viral it may have been. You will likely never see anything politically incorrect on Quora. This is sad because it is not an environment for innovation or constructive debate. However, it does provide plenty of good answers sometimes.

Quora has gained steadily in popularity, but in the last year, the quality of new answers available has taken a downturn. Perhaps the popularity of the site brought with it the unwanted lowest common denominator. Despite this, it's still a very viable option in Q&A websites and forums.

This may be true of Google as well: Google reportedly manipulates search results to hide controversial subjects and favor big business, businessinsider.com

Why Are There So Many Stupid Questions and Answers on Quora

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-so-many-stupid-answers-on-Quora/answer/Anthony-Strain-4

With any social media platform, the larger its population, the more “shit” you have to dig through to find the “gold”.

Back in the day, Quora held a higher standard for good writing. They rewarded good writing and discouraged bad writing. If you were a good enough writer, you got some serious street cred here. Sadly, they have seemed to placed prioritization on revenue. Revenue is fine, but Quora is banking on getting their search results to the front page of Google so much that any volume is good volume now, and that includes bad writing.

Plus, Quora is rapidly growing. The more people who use this site, the more people who won’t really care about serious answers. All those answers to “WhAt ArE SoMe MeMeZ ThAt DeSeRvE 1,000,000,009 upBOATS??” are indicative of this. It’s Reddit-tier stuff.

The Crappy Question Program helps fuel this. $0.34 for a clickbait question is a magnet for bad practice, but this is Quora’s business model now. You don’t even get paid to write fantastic answers — only “fantastic” questions. There’s nothing we can do about it, which I think is incredibly sad.

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information-technology/2020-quora.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/26 12:45 by marcos