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Among the most closely-guarded troves of knowledge in the world are those pertaining to organized crime. This stuff is so dramatic and interesting because it is sort of "forbidden knowledge".

I have high hopes for Quora (one of the YC portfolio companies) because they are trying to make accessible this sort of locked-up knowledge.

Well, to continue reading, you'll have to log in, however.

I can understand how some are uncomfortable with that, but it's not a big deterrent for me (and I suspect most users). There's really some good stuff there.

Unless it's been changed recently, just add ?share=1 to the end of a Quora link.

The Q/A website that aggravates me the most by locking up knowledge is a YC company? Oh jeez... Well, I'll just avoid that topic when it comes up here. :)

EDIT: Forgot to say I agree with you on the forbidden knowledge in organized crime being interesting. I've seen some myself and it's wild stuff. Atavist needs to do one on Berlusconi in Italy. ;)

I mean, it served Experts Exchange so well. Just look at how popular that site is these days.

Experts Exchange: Alexa Rank 5,634

Stackoverflow: Alexa Rank 52

Both have high-quality answers to numerous topics. One is both free and ahead of the other. Results speak for themselves, eh?

Experts Exchange (or ExpertSexChange - poor URL choice) had their lunch eaten by Stack Overflow. I'd argue the login requirement wasn't as much of a problem as their payment requirement...

Exactly. Free, high-quality stuff vs paid, high-quality stuff. There's a reason BSD, Linux, Apache, and so on powered more of the Internet than good, commercial alternatives. :)

Where does Quora come into play?

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