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I am sure if you have spent some time online surfing the internet, you have heard of Quora

For those who haven’t, it is a site where users engage in asking and answering questions. Founded in 2010, per a recent news, the company’s user base has grown to 80 million users.

Imagine, what that means. These many users interacting online, answering and posting questions. It’s an ocean of information and you can find answers to any question at Quora and if not, you are free to post one. Sounds cool, isn’t it?

What is my point? 

Good question.

Shall we post this on Quora?

And that’s exactly my point. I receive a mail feed of questions and sometimes when I have time to waste, and I find many questions unnecessary and unwarranted. 

Want a few examples?

I am sure you want to know what I read that’s so useless. But trust me, I do not read the answers. Never. But the questions do annoy me a lot. 

  • How do introverts enjoy life?
    • Really? Introverts are human beings as much as extroverts. What makes one think that introverts do not enjoy life?
  • How can people in army be so patriotic?
    • Their love for the nation is why they are in the army. Simple. Isn’t it?
  • What are some of the best Whatsapp statuses?
    • Who are these people who will read your statuses? How much time do they have? 
  • What should you do if you cannot cook?
    • Learn to cook or buy food.
  • How can I become mature and how will I know?
    • No clue. If you don’t have one, how can I?

Enough?

These are five questions but feel free to log in to the site and find more such and better questions. I am not saying that all questions are like the examples I shared but like it is with everything that’s online – for one good question that’s posted, many are posted that are not so good. I understand that it’s hard to keep such online communities sane unless there are a million or more moderators. And in the defence of this community, let’s give it to them for being that platform that brings so many people together. 

While I get back to find some better questions, why don’t you have a look at quora and tell me what did you find? Happy digging!


This is Day 3 post for the Write Tribe Festival of Words.

28 Responses

  1. Looks like a rabbit hole which can suck you in with different questions! I must admit I hadn’t heard of this until now but will check it out sometime when I have more time 🙂
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  2. True, I get these email alerts for such absurd questions. I just push the notification away without openjng the emails!
    That question about introverts, though. It’s only extroverts who can ask such dumb questions like that 😀

  3. Parul Thakur says:

    Totally agree. No question is a stupid question. Coming from a family of teachers, I can’t deny that at all. I think on quora, it’s for fun or to get those up votes.
    Same here with social media. With FB and Twitter, where is the time for so many others? 🙂

  4. Alok Singhal says:

    Seems like another Google (not exactly though)…I might have to use it sometime for my knowledge enhancement 🙂

  5. I have visited Quora a few times while googling up some information and have seen some interesting things there….As it is, a coin has two sides…..let one be funny, and one serious….:)

  6. Soumya says:

    You know Quora can be such a time pass at times. Very very entertaining 🙂
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  7. I’m from the school of thought that says, ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question.’ :)I used to tell this to my students too because a lot of them would refrain from asking questions for fear of being ridiculed. I understand that Quora, of course, is a way for people to ask questions which are seemingly redundant and make no sense but it’s a social network. Having said that, I have seen very very weird questions on Quora which have nothing to do with getting information but are purely for titillation. Those I find silly.

    Then again, I don’t visit Quora much. Between Twitter and FB on one hand and Pinterest and Linkedin on the other, I have my social media hands full 😉
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  8. Nibha says:

    Yes, i have also come across some of these stupids questions too. But many times Quora had proved to be helpful when people ask really important questions and receive sincere answers. I think, it’s same like you said.. everything has a good and a bad side!
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  9. I find Quora useful especially if you wish to track the buzz around several topics and issues and some of the inputs are helpful. As with any crowd-sourced platform, there are blind to be inane threads. I just stick to reading the topics that interest me.

  10. BellyBytes says:

    I completely agree with you. I’ve joined Quora for perhaps the same reason you did – better blog visibility and establishing an internet presence but I too find the questions IDIOTIC and pretty MEANINGLESS. I wonder if the questioners are really interested in the answers. May be they ask questions just so that they get noticed? BTW I want to know how you managed to get the coloured text box to highlight certain parts of your content. I used the plugin STB but the default version is too garish and I don’t know how to customise it. I also added Stellissimo but don’t know how to use it! Thanks for your time.

  11. Sid says:

    I get what you’re saying…but Quora also provides some really useful information at times. Of course, the ‘sources’ could be entirely unreliable, but hey, so is Wikipedia to that extent. It’s just another way of crowd sourcing information and sometimes, the silly questions are no different to the Facebook statuses and Tweets that people put up.

  12. Rajlakshmi says:

    I am on Quora all the time. Just yesterday I was telling my friends how slowly I am getting addicted to it. Those are funny questions… guess what I got in my mail – Can you bring rifle home after deployment ? and and and What does it feel like to go from wealthy to poor 😛 yes that’s a question 😛
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  13. C.TdeF says:

    I wonder about people who have so much time to answer these questions. I suppose it’s like any social media addiction though. Interesting post!

  14. Dashy says:

    Haha, some questions out there really are weird. But then all the interesting and informative Q&A in there is worth it. One of the silliest questions I found was this – ” I have 5 days left to study for exams, how do I get an A in all subjects in this time??” Some people give kickass answers to stupid questions though. It’s amazing to find people spend so much time answering in detail to strangers in need. 🙂
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  15. Shilpa Garg says:

    I read Qs and As on Quora sometimes. Some of the Qs and As are pretty interesting and insightful. I wonder about the time people must be spending to give such detailed answers. But on second thoughts, just as some of us are on our blogs or FB or Twitter all the time, these guys must be hooked to asking and answering on Quora! 😀
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  16. Roopa says:

    I have been using quota a lot off late, does have pretty good answers..but the one you have chosen are hilarious..
    Need to give it to the guys for answering and educating people like us..

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